Points of Pride





Recognizing our Positives!!


February 9, 2017
In the high school's 4th year in the program, Janessa Gould and Chante Hohman have advanced to State Poetry Outloud! This will be Janessa's 3rd trip to state and Chante's first! Please congratulate these girls if you see them. It is quite an honor.
February 6, 2017
Not only did the high school forensics team finally get that team trophy - it is a 2nd place trophy, and they finished ahead of Chi Hi, Memorial, North and Regis, just short of Durand! The team has more than tripled in size the past three years and their hard work is paying off. As you can see they also brought home several individual awards! Coach Roloson, said "This team is such a pleasure to coach. Wow!." Our congratulations to all!
January 5, 2017
Congratulations, Kelly! The letter from the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy says it all: Dear Kelly Ostrander, Congratulations! Please accept this email as official notification that you have been selected by the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy to receive the Governor's Financial Literacy Award for 2016 in the category of Legacy. The Legacy Award is given to an organization, business or individual whose purpose and heritage is ingrained in sustained financial literacy and capability. This lifetime recognition is intended to be conferred once to the recipients. Jay Mielke submitted the nomination and has been copied on this email. An awards ceremony hosted by the Governor and his Council on Financial Literacy will be held in the Governor's Conference Room at the State Capitol, 2 E. Main St., Madison. You will receive an invitation with the specific date, time and details in the near future. An official statewide press release will be issued this week listing you and the other award recipients. You will receive a copy upon its release at which point please feel welcome to issue your own press release to celebrate this honor. Please accept our congratulations on being selected for this honor acknowledging your hard work and contributions in the area of financial literacy.
December 21, 2016
Yesterday, we shared Isabella's holiday memory that was published in Sunday's edition of the with the Leader-Telegram! Isabella earned a 1st place for her essay. But there were more! The essay's of three other AIS students were also published in Sunday's paper. And according to the Leader-Telegram, more than 200 people shared their stories in the paper's annual Holiday Memories essay contest. Congratulations to Isabella, Callan, Jasper and Lidia on having yours published! Callan's Essay (Honorable Mention): Creeping up on that Special Day. Jasper's Essay: Christmas Morning Bliss. Lidia's Essay: Christmas Fun Includes Food and Gifts.
December 20, 2016
AIS student Isabella Bauer shared her Christmas Eve treasure with the Leader Telegram! (Photo by Dan Reiland, Leader Telegram. Used with permission.)
December 7, 2016
Railroader Alumni in the News! Naomi Poquette and her passion for her chosen field of teaching is featured in this WXOW report. Naomi, a senior at UW-La Crosse, is currently student teaching at Longfellow Middle School in La Crosse. She is an AHS graduate, class of 2012. We are #AltoonaRails proud of you, Naomi!
November 14, 2016
They did it again! Our all-girl Lego Robotics team from the middle school has been at work since the beginning of the school year researching and programming for this year's First Lego League (FLL) challenge, Animal Allies. Under their team name, the Adalwolfa (German word for noble she-wolf) chose to develop a solution for wolves killing and attacking ranchers' cattle. Much went into it, resulting in their qualification at Saturday's competition in La Crosse for sectionals! They are one of five teams that qualified to go on! They scored 1st overall on their project and 2nd (by only four points) in the robot competition! Good luck and congratulations to Team Adalwofa (Leah Olsen, Shaylee Beckfield, Iris Adams, Ashley Stashek, Jessica Davis, Kate Golat, Ava Amthauer, and Morgan Pressler) as they go on to sectionals in Oshkosh on December 10! The team is coached by Jill Phippen and Heather Amthauer.
November 1, 2016
Railroader Alumni in the News! Jeremy Johnson, class of '99, and his wife Lisa are featured in the Omaha World Herald, Health Section called Live Well Nebraska! Jeremy is an artist, professor of art education at UNO and the director of the Center for Innovation in Arts Education. He paints and draws comics. Lisa, director of student support services at Nebraska Methodist College, was born blind. Last September, their project brought their worlds together and made art more accessible. Their exhibit, "Sensory: Please Touch the Art," debuted in October at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. ...and if a road trip to Omaha is in your very near future, take in the exhibition of more than 60 pieces of art at the UNO Art Gallery in the Weber Fine Arts building, room 129, now through November 10, 10 am to 3 pm (Monday through Thursday). (Also, it's worth noting, Jeremy is the son of our custodial/maintenance supervisor Greg Johnson!)
September 15, 2016
Congratulations to AHS senior, Nick Gilmartin for being named a 2017 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. Designees are selected based on their skills, accomplishments, and potential success in rigorous college studies. Nick will continue in the National Merit Scholarship competition as noted below! National Merit Scholarship Program MORE: In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist. Click here to learn about requirements for becoming a Finalist in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.
September 6, 2016
Intermediate school teacher, Jennifer Bain was surprised with good news today! As thousands of Wisconsin classrooms kick off the school year, Herb Kohl Philanthropies announced that they have fully funded the classroom requests of every Wisconsin teacher posted on the education crowdfunding site - DonorsChoose.org. As a result, approximately 600 Wisconsin teachers will receive materials for their 43,000 students! In Jennifer's case, Herb Kohl Philanthropies picked up her unfunded balance of $289 that will be used for to purchase three Hokki stools for her classroom! Thank you Herb Kohl Philanthropies for supporting Wisconsin classrooms, teachers and students!
July 29, 2016
On Wednesday, Greg Emerson was notified that the Intermediate School has been awarded Fuel Up to Play 60 funding in the amount of $1000 from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board! The funds will be used to activate their Fuel Up to Play 60 program for this school year. The student team and leaders will kick-off the school year by working on their plans to implement healthy eating and physical activity play! The program will benefit both intermediate and middle school students.
May 17, 2016
8th grader Morgan Parks took 2nd place in the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot's Pen Essay Contest for the VFW District. Hundreds of students in our VFW District enter this contest each year. Great job, and congratulations Morgan! Morgan's Patriot Pen: What Does Freedom Mean to Me? What does freedom mean to me? When asked this question, a question of my own pops into my head: What is freedom? If you ask Google, Google will say it's the power or right to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. But does this definition really express the significance of freedom? Does it really cover all of it's beauty and importance? If you ask anyone what freedom is they'll all say something different. Why? Because freedom means something different to everyone. To me, freedom is the ability to choose what I want to where in the morning, what I want to eat, where I want to go, what sports I want to do, what books I want to read, what I want to say, what I want to believe, and who I am. Taking away freedom from humanity is like stripping away a person's originality, making everyone like the person next to them and the person next to them. It makes us all the same, and there is some special beauty to being different that we wouldn't get to experience without freedom. If it wasn't for the people who go to war and fight for our country, none of us would have this beautiful freedom that we sometimes take for granted. These veterans and soldiers and marines and air forces all sacrifice some part of their freedom in order to grant every human on United State's soil freedom, and sometimes we may not realize just how important this freedom is. I don't think any of us realize how amazing it is until it's taken away from us. If it wasn't for my best friend's dad, or some of my teachers, or any of the men and women risking or having risked their lives for us, for me, then freedom wouldn't be something we get to experience. Freedom is a hard thing to define, and it's different for everyone, because we all have different experiences with it, but I think we all can agree it's a wondrous gift that should be cherished, and that it's a part of life, a part that we cannot live without. "Freedom is the oxygen for the soul," said Moshe Dayan, an old military leader and politician, and I don't think I could have said it better myself.
May 10, 2016
AMS student, Abbi Nauertz was awarded the Noon Exchange Club's Young Citizenship Award today. She was honored, along with students from Northstar, Delong, South, and Regis middle schools at a luncheon. Abbi was chosen for consistently demonstrating respect, dependability, kindness, a positive attitude and leadership! All the good stuff! Congratulations Abbi!
May 5, 2016
Each year, the Eau Claire Chamber's Excellence in Education Banquet honors 60 graduating seniors from 10 area high schools on the first Wednesday in May. From the AHS class of 2016, our congratulations to Cassandra Barr, Dakota Hickok, Nicola Nodland, Emily Parsons and Abigail Schwichtenberg, who were honored last night along with their chosen educators: Erin Lynnes, David Boley, Darryl Schaefer, Angela Roloson and Kathy Gierhart! And that's not all, kindergarten teacher Teresa Druckrey was the recipient of a Special Educator Award for Innovation in Teaching! The photos from the 32nd Annual Banquet have been uploaded to our Facebook page. Please share your congratulations there!
April 25, 2016
On Saturday, April 23 three teams of Altoona 8th Graders competed at the National History Day State Competition in Madison. National History Day school and regional events begin with over 10,000 students competing statewide, and at State, two of our teams moved on to the Final Round and one of them was selected as the 2nd Alternate for Nationals! Exhibit Teams included: Morgan Parks and Riley Parks - USA vs. USSR: The Space Race Trevor Kempen and Serenity Biren - Immigration: Diversifying the American Culture Website Team included: Kate Harris and Sydney Kramer - You've Come a Long Way, Baby: The story of Billie Jean King After the first round of judging, two teams moved on to the Final Round (Trevor and Serenity, and Kate and Sydney)! And, at the Awards Ceremony, Kate and Sydney's website was selected as the Second Alternate for Nationals! Great job by all including advisors, Mr. Laporte and Ms. Wardean! Say congrats on Facebook, and like and retweet @AltoonaSD on Twitter!
April 25, 2016
Big news for our district and for Nurse Anita! The Wisconsin Association of School Nurses (WASN) selected our own Anita Schubring as the Katheryn Etter School Nurse of the Year recipient for 2016! Anita was presented with the award on April 14 at the WASB Spring Conference in Madison.
April 19, 2016
Today, the U.S. News and World Report 2016 Best High Schools rankings were released, and a celebration is in order! Ranked #39, Altoona High School is one of 64 Wisconsin schools that earned silver medals! Let's get this party started! Please stop by and say congratulations on Facebook and give us a Retweet!
April 7, 2016
7th grader Jordan Sherman has been awarded a $750 scholarship to attend the 2016 Student Ambassador Summit at Purdue University for Fuel Up to Play 60! To qualify Jordan achieved a Level Four (45,000+ points)! As a student ambassador, Jordan works with his advisor Greg Emerson to implement healthy eating and increase physical activity, growing the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at the middle school. Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by National Dairy Council and NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to help encourage today's youth to lead healthier lives.
April 7, 2016
Pedersen students were awarded 4 of the top 9 ribbons in this year's Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Contest! Taylor Streit and Elena Gardner were 2nd Place finishers and Megan Johnson and Hunter Hibbard took 3rd Place. In addition, nine of the 15 Honorable Mentions went to Pedersen students, Breeley Gluch, Aysia Rutherford, Mason Tomesh, Taylor Presler, Grace Szydel, Izabel Kloss, Claire Lindblad, Blake Henrichs and Maizie Bellville - and for the first time ever a Pedersen student, Aubrie Krause won the conservation message. "Wildlife speaks only the truth about our planet's future, but our greatest challenge is learning to listen." Aubrie Krause, age 9 Congratulations to all for another great showing!
March 22, 2016
KaSandra Springer and Dakota Hickok have been named Altoona's Cloverbelt Conference Scholar Athletes for the 2015/16 school year. They were honored at a banquet at Colby High School on March 15th along with representatives from all Cloverbelt Schools. Congratulations to both of you!
March 18, 2016
On Wednesday night 20 eighth graders competed at the regional National History Day Competition at UW-Eau Claire, and three groups will advance to the state competition on April 23 in Madison! In addition, one entry was awarded with the alternate honor. Altoona dominated the group exhibit category. Out of 43 entries in that category, Altoona took two out of the three spots for state: Riley and Morgan Parks for their group exhibit: USA vs. USSR: The Space Race; Trevor Kempen and Serenity Biren for their group exhibit: Immigration: Diversifying the American Culture. In the group website category, Altoona claimed a spot for state out of 24 entries: Kate Harris and Sydney Kramer for their group website: You've Come a Long Way, Baby: The Story of Billie Jean King. In the individual documentary category, 22 entries competed for the state honor. Altoona was honored with the alternate award: Alyse Tainter for her documentary: Fight for Recognition: Native Genocide in America.
March 11, 2016
The 8th grade Art Club made and donated 30+ soup bowls to Feed My People for Empty Bowls held on March 3! The students involved were: Alexis Geoppinger, Emma Lowder, Alaina Henning, Kate Harris, Brooke Kramschuster, Jordan Wise,Tierra Bundy, Andy Hoff, Isaac Beaver, Serenity Biren, Courtnee Lebeter and Jackson Anderson. Thank you students! You were part of an event that raised over $56,000 for Feed My people!
March 9, 2016
Big news from the high school Forensics team! Sixteen (16) of the 18 students who competed at District competition last night have advanced to State! Two other students who were competing with the math team tonight will compete at an alternate District competition on Saturday. The team earned 13 perfect scores! The students advancing will compete on April 15 in Madison.
March 7, 2016
The Middle School Battle of the Books team has placed 14th out of 147 teams competing in the final battle (state competition level)! In addition to moving up from their 17th place finish last year, the team received a perfect score of 10 on their tie breaker battle. Of the five teams in the top three, not one received a score of 10 on their tie breaker! Team members are Riley Parks, Morgan Parks, Abigael Nauertz,Sydney Kramer, and Trevor Kempen - Alternate. The team advisor is Shelly Pierson. At the high school, the Forensics team took a fifth place finish at Saturday's competition at Regis - and once again, that's with only half of the team available for competition! Individual award takers were Emma Hoff, 2nd Place in Special Occasion; Janessa Gould, 4th place in poetry; Audrina Husom, 2nd place in poetry; Emma Hoff, 3rd place in Prose and Maddi Gilmartin, 1st place in Radio Speaking. This is a perfect season for Maddi with four first place finishes. On Tuesday, the Forensics team will compete for the right to go to State!
February 29, 2016
Saturday proved to be another great day for the forensics team in competition at Memorial. Collectively, the team earned 211 points for a fourth place finish, beating a much larger Eau Claire Memorial team and finishing just 65 points short of a powerful Eau Claire North team! Individual Awards: Sophia Druckrey, 7th place in Farrago; Emma Hoff, 7th place in Special Occasion; Elena Nichols, 5th place in Special Occasion; Janessa Gould, 4th place in Poetry; Elena Nichols, 4th place in Solo Acting; Ben Theyerl, 5th place in Radio Speaking ; John DiSalle, 3rd place in Radio Speaking; Maddi Gilmartin,1st place in Radio Speaking (staying perfect with her 3rd 1st place finish this season). The team competes at Regis next Saturday.
February 26, 2016
The AHS yearbook staff did it again! For the fifth year in a row, the yearbook staff has been awarded the Josten's National Yearbook Program of Excellence Distinction. The award recognizes yearbook programs that strive to make sure all students are included in the book. The 2016 staff set a record high percentage of 96% of the students being in the book three or more times. The award also recognizes programs that meet critical deadlines in the production of the book; the 2016 staff not only met the deadlines, but submitted all pages earlier than required. The award also requires at least 70% of the student body purchase a book, and you guessed it, the 2016 staff did a great job promoting the book to ensure that this happened. Congratulations to Lexi Burkart, Abby Cooley, Cozy Dumas, Josie Fitch, Anika Hanson, Kurt Herbert, Emma Hoff, Mikenna Huth, Bell Legge, Tori Maas, Madeline Nettell, Jordan Oas, Claire Pszeniczny, Kenzi Titera and Advisor Joan Gard.
February 18, 2016
Our all-girls team of 5th/6th/7th graders, called the Females (Fuh-mah-lees) will be competing at the First Lego League State Tournament on Sunday in Madison! They are one of just 36 teams competing! Good luck to Jessica Davis, Ava Amthauer, Kate Golat, Shaylee Beckfield, Iris Adams, Morgan Pressler, Leah Olsen, Ashley Stachek, and coach Jill Phippen! Join us in wishing them well!
February 15, 2016
The high school Forensics team had another eventful weekend after competing and finishing in 4th place on Saturday at North! Individual awards are as follows: Audrina Husom, 6th place in Farrago; Alex Coleman, 6th place in 4 minute; Elena Nichols, 5th place in Solo Acting; Emma Hoff, 5th place in Prose; Kaitlin Nettell, 7th place in Moments in History; Audrina Husom, 7th place in Poetry; Alex Coleman, 3rd place in Poetry; John DiSalle, 2nd place in Radio Speaking; Maddi Gilmartin, 1st place in Radio Speaking. Maddi Gilmartin also won a novice award and Audrina Husom, a double entry award. Congratulations to all!
February 10, 2016
AMS student, Trevor Kempen is off to state for Mathcounts! The team placed 7th out of 36 teams at the regional competition on February 4. Congratulations, team and best of luck to Trevor! The state competition will be held in Madison on March 5.
February 9, 2016
The high school Forensics team is off to a great start in 2016! Here's a recap from their recent competitions: On February 6, 12 members of the team competed at UWEC and brought home the following awards: Audrina Husom, 4th place in poetry and 6th place in farrago; Maddie Hager (in her 1st high school forensics tournament), 6th place in 4 minute; Sabrina Sattler (in her 1st high school tournament), 6th place in solo acting; Maddie Gilmartin (in her first high school tournament), 1st place in radio speaking. Not only that, they placed 6th as a team, and had about half the team competing with them that day! Last night, February 8, the team competed at sub-districts held at Regis. They posted five (5) perfect scores, the largest number of any team at the competition, and the entire team advanced to District competition!

We mentioned that about half the team competed at the UWEC competition on February 6. Wondering why?.... It's because the other half of the team was competing at the Winterfest Show Choir Competition at Memorial that day, and Locomotion made it to finals, placing 4th Runner Up!
February 5, 2016
The NFL has welcomed Altoona High School to the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll community in honor of Fuzzy Thurston (Class of 1951)! As part of the 50th Super Bowl season, the NFL is celebrating players and coaches of the past 49, as well as their high schools and communities that have positively impacted them. We are a part of more than 2,000 high schools and 3,000 players and head coaches, that are being recognized!
December 16, 2015
The WIAA, in cooperation with Rural Mutual Insurance Company, have announced the State Team Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2015 fall State Championships. ...and the winners are Darlington in football, Altoona in girls volleyball, Kenosha Indian Trail in boys volleyball, Rice Lake in boys soccer and Neenah in girls team tennis. Altoona earned its second sportsmanship recognition overall with its positive support for the Railroaders at the State Girls Volleyball Tournament. They advanced to State for the third time before dropping a 30-28, 25-13, 25-17 decision to East Troy in the semifinals. Their other Sportsmanship Award was awarded in girls tennis in 2001.
December 16, 2015
The eight-member all-girl (5th/6th/7th grade) team, called the Females (Fuh-mah-lees), was one of two Altoona teams that competed at the First Lego League Sectionals in Appleton on December 13. There were a total 48 teams at this competition. In addition, another Wisconsin sectional, also held last weekend, had 48 teams.The top 18 teams at each sectional were selected as state qualifiers, leaving the Females as one of 36 (out of 96) teams advancing to State! Our congratulations also to the Tech Trash Busters (all-boy team of 5th/6th graders) coached by Teresa Langlois that also competed at sectionals! Best of luck to the Females and coach Jill Phippen as you go on to the state tournament in Madison on February 21!
November 23, 2015
Three AIS/AMS teams, Females, Scam Wall Wizards, and Tech Trash Busters, competed at the First Lego League (FLL) Regional competition in La Crosse on Saturday. All of the teams did a great job, and two of the teams (Females and Tech Trash Busters) qualified to go on to Sectionals in Appleton! The Scam Wall Wizards led the robot competition ahead of a team that went to Nationals until the very end! Congratulations to all the students and their coaches, Jill Phippen (Females), Shannon Camlek (Scam Wall Wizards) and Teresa Langlois (Tech Trash Busters). The Females developed a website that addresses the problem of medication disposal. Great content with a creative flair. Follow the link to check it out! The FLL Challenge: This year's challenge "The TRASH TREK Challenge"asked teams to explore the hidden but fascinating world of trash, from collection, to sorting, to smart production, and reuse. They also had to invent a solution to help our trash problem and create their own LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to accomplish trash-themed "missions" on a playing field, and show how well they practice FIRST LEGO League Core Values. About FLL: Tomorrow's innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.
November 20, 2015
Senior KaSandra Springer is this week's wsn (WisSports.net) Triple Play Triple Threat! KaSandra says her most memorable moment in high school sports was, "The first time your team stops being just your team, but a second family." This honor is given to the top senior boys and girls three sport athletes in the state. At the end of the school year, those awarded with the weekly honor will be eligible for the Pat Richter Award, which will go out to the top boys and girls three sport athlete of the season.
November 13, 2015
They made it! AHS is one of 50 schools that qualified to advance to the Regional Academic Decathlon on January 8!
November 12, 2015
Congratulations to seniors Nicola Nodland and Abigail Schwichtenberg for being selected as Commended Students in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program! About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for the National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). "The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented a spokesperson for NMSC. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their school play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
November 11, 2015
The middle school has won a Morgan Burnett autographed football during the enter-to-win drawing from Back to School Kickoff Contest! Congratulations! Tina from the Wisconsin Dairy Council - Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board will be stopping by the middle school on Thursday morning to deliver the football! The football will be awarded to an AMS student.
November 10, 2015
For the first time ever, an AHS Academic Decathlon team competed at the Local Competition today. The students did great! We're excited to see the results on Monday.
November 4, 2015
A shout out to Deven Mattison, AMS 7th grader, the winner of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Away Game Experience for the NFL! His win-package includes two NFL tickets to any game in the continental U.S. and airfare, hotels, and meals are included (up to $4000). This is the first time any Wisconsin student has won this experience. Deven, along with two other students at Altoona Middle School are in the top 50 point earners in the entire country! We are proud of all their accomplishments and dedication with Fuel Up to Play 60.
October 5, 2015
A shout-out to, elementary teacher, Lane Wojtyna whose grant application was selected as WQOW's Tools for Schools winner for September! For his efforts, Lane will be awarded a check for $500! Looking for ways to combat childhood obesity and expose kids to more outdoor winter activities, Lane will use the grant funds for to purchase equipment. Congratulations to Lane and our elementary students!
September 28, 2015
UW-Stevens Point describes 2012 AHS graduate, Mariah Pfundheller as the "driving force" behind the success of their Coffee and Culture series - and that's with participation from nearly 3,000 UW-Stevens Point students during 2014/15!
September 4, 2015
Let's hear it for phy ed teacher, Greg Emerson and 7th grader, Jordan Sherman who have been named Fuel Up to Play 60 - Most Valuable Players! As MVPs, they both recently attended a training summit in Green Bay. As a student ambassador, Jordan works with Greg to implement healthy eating and physical activity plays and grow the Fuel Up to Play 60 program at the middle school. Last year they worked together to plan a very successful color run getting students active and having fun. "We are excited to work with our new MVPs this school year," said Laura Wilford, Director, Wisconsin Dairy Council. "They have shown leadership and dedication to the health and wellness of their peers. I look forward to seeing everything they accomplish in the upcoming school year."
June 4, 2015
1999 AHS graduate, Kara Lynum is one of four recipients of the National Advocate of the Year Award given by the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota! Kara was one of the volunteer attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers Association that responded to an immigration crisis in 2014. She offered free legal representation and gave vulnerable women and children a voice, bringing to light the injustice of family detention centers by widely publicizing and condemning the human rights abuses suffered by detainees. Through pro bono legal assistance and advocacy, she and the other volunteers contributed to the efforts to close the Artesia Family Residential Center, which was successfully shut down on December 18, 2014. Kara graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, and has nine+ years of experience in immigration law. In 2011, she opened Lynum Law Office in St. Paul.
June 4, 2015
Congratulations Alex Sanford! - - - - The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin (GCAW) is pleased to announce that Alex Sanford of Altoona High School is an Academic All-State honoree for the boys' golf season. Students are submitted by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria: 1) A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25, 2) participation in at least 75% of their team's varsity matches, and 3) are at least a sophomore in high school. Alex is a student-athlete who serves as a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive. The coaches association is proud to announce a record 365 boys from 126 high schools have been honored this year for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf. In fact, the average cumulative GPA of this year's honorees is an exceptional 3.720. The GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to help build Wisconsin's reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in our schools and communities. Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual All-State team for boys and girls based on their playing ability. Letter From: Bob Sullivan, GCAW Academic All-State Chair
May 8, 2015
2011 AHS graduate Nikki Weiss will soon graduate from UW-Eau Claire with a distinction all her own! Nikki, an anthropology and chemistry minor, is completing and defending the first-ever senior University Honors thesis written at UW-Eau Claire in the 31-plus years of the University Honors Program! Weiss will graduate from UW-Eau Claire on May 23 and has accepted a fellowship at The Ohio State University, where she'll begin work on her master's degree this fall and eventually work toward a doctorate in biological anthropology. She said she is leaning toward a career in forensic work.
May 7, 2015
Each year, the Eau Claire Chamber's Excellence in Education Banquet honors 60 graduating seniors from 10 area high schools on the first Wednesday in May. From the AHS class of 2015, our congratulations to Cole Kampa, Mariah Lima, Paige Mann, Connor Olson and Lysie Schmidt, who were honored last night along with their chosen educators: Darryl Schaefer, Wendy Nelson, Erik Kampa, Todd Lenz and Jonathan Lueck, at the Florian Gardens! Their photos from the 31st Annual Banquet have been uploaded to our Facebook page. Please share your congratulations there!
May 5, 2015
AHS has been recognized by the Wisconsin Advanced Placement Advisory Council as a Pacesetter school in advanced placement! Based on the criteria, AHS is one of 87 schools receiving a Level 3 Award. Thirty-three (33) schools received Level 2 awards, and 14 received the Level 1 recognition. About the Award: The impetus of this recognition is to recognize access and excellence regarding Advanced Placement. Pacesetter schools have provided impressive student access to AP courses and posted excellent AP exam results. The Pacesetter Award is unique to Wisconsin and emerged from WAPAC members who felt that many outstanding school districts in our state lacked recognition for AP excellence.
April 30, 2015
This morning, AHS students Ben Theyerl and Dakota Hickock, along with teacher, Gary Clark participated in a job shadow experience where Ben and Dakota had the opportunity to record a catchy PSA for Junior Achievement! Students from Eau Claire Memorial and Elk Mound also participated in the job shadow project at Mid-West Family Broadcasting.
April 29, 2015
High school students built Free Little Libraries in conjunction with the 4-5 grade Social Awareness unit. The Green technologies class re-purposed the plywood from the rock climbing wall and fitted each Free Little Library with a solar lighting system. AIS students will decorate each unit. The project was coordinated by Jen Madsen and Jeff Ballentine.
April 28, 2015
This past weekend, 19 Altoona High School Student Council members had the opportunity to represent AHS at the State conference in Madison and participate in the State competitions. All 19 students brought home Gold Awards. They are: Claire Pszeniczny, Toria Navarre, Jennasa Lima, Mariah Lima, and Heather Kent for their pirate themed banner Claire Pszeniczny, Jordan Oas, Brooklynn Arbs, and Cassidy Herman for their Best Project Kayla Brown, Anika Hanson, and Hannah Oas in the scrapbook category Ryan Klomstad, Jacob Padilla, and KaSandra Springer for their multimedia presentation Nick Gilmartin, Jacob Mumm, and Evan Olson for their button Connor Olson in the essay category Emily Studinski in the speech category Heather Kent, Jennasa Lima, and Mariah Lima for their skit Also deserving special recognition is Jennasa Lima. She was nominated as Secretary of our District 1 Student Council, and will fulfill her duties by attending many State level meetings in the upcoming school year. Congratulations to all of these fine student council members and their advisors, Joan Gard and Melanie Engen.
April 28, 2015
Several Altoona Middle School Student Council members attended the WASC JAM in Madison April 26-27. Students participated in sectional offerings as well as competitions. Our student leaders learned about such topics as standing up for yourself and others, how to be student leaders in their schools, and how to support their student councils. Gold was the word of the day regarding their competition entries! Students participated in the following areas and earned gold all around: speaking, writing, banner, and button! Our reminder is to BElieve THEre is GOOD in the World. Their mission is to BE THE GOOD.
April 27, 2015
We were well represented by the 10 AHS students that traveled to Madison for State Forensics on Friday! Two students received perfect scores (Critic's Choice) - Alex Coleman and Elena Nichols; five students earned All-State Awards (scoring 23 or 24 out of 25 - Ellie Nodland, Mary Clair Belotendos, Janessa Gould, Audrina Husom, Paige Von Mende; two students earned Finalist Awards - Brady Linderman and Dianna Broas; and Sierra Stout earned an Achievement Award!
April 27, 2015
For the fourth year in a row, the AHS yearbook staff has been awarded the Josten's National Yearbook Program of Excellence Distinction! The award recognizes yearbook programs that strive to make sure all students are included and meet critical deadlines in the production of the book. Congratulations to Samie Anibas, Maria Auger, Abby Cooley, Cozy Dumas, Josie Fitch, Jon Goettl, Audrina Husom, Mikenna Huth, Ryan Klomstad, Bell Legge, Montana McBride, Jordan Oas, Courtney Oleson, Claire Pszeniczny, Keisha Reimann, and Advisor Joan Gard.
April 16, 2015
Congratulations to Greg Emerson and 6th grade student, Jordan Sherman who have been selected to be a Wisconsin Fuel Up to Play 60 MVP for next school year! "Thank you for the talent and time you have put in to Fuel Up to Play 60 at Altoona Middle School. You are truly one of the top Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors in Wisconsin and you have made a real difference to the students at your school this year," said Laura Wilford, Director Wisconsin Dairy Council - Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. As a Wisconsin MVP, Greg and Jordan will be invited to: (1) attend our MVP Training Camp in Green Bay in conjunction with the Green Bay Packers Family Night Scrimmage (early August date to be announced). (2) help present the program to other school leaders at conferences or teacher meetings near our school district. (3) Help share the Success Story of your school program in print and in social media throughout the school year. (4) be featured on the WisconsinDairyCouncil.com website
April 15, 2015
Pedersen third grade students did very well again this year in the 2015 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp contest. Rubi Solis received a first place award (one three given), and Ava Gunderson received a third place award (one of three given)! In addition, a total of 16 honorable mention awards were given and Pedersen third graders received 13 of them! They are: Jackson Berg, Kayla Cha, Bram Dea, Ethan Flynn, Kylee Hamm, Xeng Her, Savanna Hughes, Bailey Moats, Callan Perchinsky, Josie Rondestvedt, Evan Steffen, Jordan Trinidad and Alyssa Wirth. Their artwork and ribbons will be on display at Pedersen as soon as the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge returns them to us.
April 14, 2015
2012 AHS graduate Kelsey Stuttgen has earned acceptance into one of the top biomedical research schools in the country! The senior biology major from UW-Eau Claire will start her graduate career working toward a Ph.D. in the department of human genetics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. Kelsey will begin the first of three research rotations on June 1 in a breast cancer research lab.
March 20, 2015
Seniors, Laken Jones and Micah Burch were recognized as the AHS Cloverbelt Scholars at the March 17 banquet! To qualify, athletes must have a 3.0GPA or higher and earn a Varsity letter. Two athletes are selected from each high school in the Conference.
March 19, 2015
Our congratulations to Janessa Gould, AHS sophomore, who was among the top contenders in the State Poetry Out Loud Finals! Janessa was one of three participating from the Northwest Region. The State competition was held on the UW-Madison campus on March 17. About Poetry Out Loud: Celebrating its 10th year, Poetry Out Loud is a national high school recitation contest supported by the Wisconsin Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Poetry Out Loud. It awards a total of $50,000 in prizes each year.
March 18, 2015
Thumbs up and congratulations to AHS senior, Graeson Colbert. As part of his Eagle Scout Service Project, Graeson fundraised, purchased and installed a professional practice backboard for the 10th Street Park tennis courts! And there's more! Graeson went above and beyond, when he submitted a grant request to the US Tennis Association (USTA) for matching funds. In early March, he learned that they are awarding $2700 in additional funds! Those funds will be used for tennis court benches. All told, Graeson raised nearly $7000 to improve the tennis facilities! Our congratulations and thanks to Graeson for his Eagle Scout Rank (awarded on March 1) and for his project, which benefits our tennis teams and the community!
March 17, 2015
AHS sophomore, Jamie Gunderson placed 3rd in his weight class at the State Powerlifting meet last weekend in Necedah - making him eligible to compete at Nationals on Saturday, March 28 in Milwaukee! Best of luck, Jamie!
November 12, 2014
After six weeks of after school practice and two Saturday's, three (3) teams consisting of Altoona Intermediate and Middle School students participated in their first-ever Wisconsin FIRST LEGO League competition at UW-Stout last Saturday (November 8). The teams were lead by coaches Jill Phippen, Shannon Camlek and Teresa Langlois, and program coordinator, Andrew Lierman. Forty-seven (47) students in grades 4-8 participated in tryouts for the 30-spots shortly after school started in September. Drum Roll! ... Judged on Project, Core Values, Robot Design and three (3) Robot Competition rounds, all three teams won awards, with one team placing 2nd overall, qualifying them to go on to Sectionals in December! There were a total of 13 teams competing. Mrs. Phippen's team (Da Brainiac's): Project Award; Placed 2nd Overall and will go on to Sectional Competition; Mrs. Camlek's team (Time Lords): Rising Stars Award. Mrs. Langlois' team (Electric LEGO Choo Choo Trains): Team Spirit Award; Placed 6th (first team alternate for Sectionals).
November 3, 2014
AHS student, Searra Hadorn is the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Youth Award from the Statewide Transition Academy! Searra was nominated by AHS teacher Jen Robertson because of the way that she uses any opportunity to educate those around her about what she can do. She is quick to let teachers and agencies know that she wants to be included and not discounted. Over the summer, Searra worked with Workforce Resource and was a great leader and role model in the program. "She embraces all that we hope for in a student who is working to achieve their goals, and is using the services available to help her." Congrats Searra! The Statewide Transition Academy has honored transition excellence for the past two years under the Transition Improvement Grant (TIG). Awards are given in the areas of: Distinguished Educator, Distinguished Service Provider, Outstanding Family Member and Outstanding Youth. Award winners were nominated by educators, agency providers, families and youth to recognize those who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their careers, family life and mentorship to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Three Wisconsin Transition Professionals, one Family Member and one Youth were honored at the 2014 Statewide Transition Academy for their outstanding work in the area of transition.
October 16, 2014
Eighth grader, Stephanie Szajna has been selected to read her poem, "History" at the Chippewa Valley Book Festival's Young Writers Showcase. The showcase will be held on Sunday, October 19 at 1:30 pm at the Grand Theater, 102 W Grand Avenue, Eau Claire. Congratulations Stephanie!

History, by Stephanie Szajna

It's like a broken bridge
Holding the world back from
Moving forward.
It is also like gravity on Mars
Holding us down.
It was made on broken bones
And blood
Coated with the wounds
It's given out.
Some say it's perfect
But it's twisted and ugly
Made of pain and agony.
It's like old wounds
Causing pain of the many
In memories.

October 10, 2014
A middle school team is the recipient of a 2014 Voya Unsung Hero Grant for $2,000! They are one of just 100 finalists selected each year to receive the $2,000 award. About their Project: Shannon Camlek and her colleagues' (Becky Navarre, Jill Phippen, Brooke Kaldor, Tom Burgraff, Katie Danzinger) innovative teaching idea, "One World-Linked Learning," involves examining the past, engaging in the present and connecting students' futures. The individualized learning program is based on building a strong foundation through projects, performance, and mentored guidance throughout the middle and high school years. Students will create an electronic portfolio and set learning goals that will first help them identify strengths, assets, and focus areas. Each student's unique talents and abilities will aid in creating a centralized learning plan that has personalized goals and targets for the year. Curriculum will be integrated between all areas, including performing arts and technology. Learning will be connected, engaging, relevant and experimental. Students will also have "voice and choice" in making learning meaningful within a flexible framework that challenges and meets the Common Core standards. About the Grant: Voya Unsung Heroes began in 1995 as a way for Voya Financial (formerly ING U.S) to demonstrate its commitment to the education community. Grants are given to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. 'Educators submit applications for a Voya Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence the students. Each year, 100 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 grant, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant is awarded in each of the 50 states, provided at least one qualified application was received from each state. Winners are selected by Scholarship America, a national non-profit educational support and student aid service organization.
October 1, 2014
Old news to some, and new news to others! Along with celebrity Janice Lemminger, our Jon Lueck, vocal music teacher, really did take home the Grand Champion Trophy at this year's Dancing with the Eau Claire Stars competition/fundraiser for the Children's Theatre on September 12. Congratulations Jon! Janice is the Executive Vice President at Manpower. Check out this sneak peak video of Jon and Janice just weeks before they took the Grand Champion trophy!
September 23, 2014
Congratulations to Connor Olson! AHS senior, Connor Olson is one of about 34,000 'Commended Students' throughout the nation that are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)! Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2015 competition by taking the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). A spokesperson for NMSC said, "The young men and women being named 'Commended Students' have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success.These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success."
May 13, 2014
The 2014 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest drew 392 entries from students across the state - and our 3rd grade students received all three first place awards and six out of the nine top awards! Congratulations to 1st place award winners: Bailey Sagert, Makenna Chesmore and Nathan Hansen; 2nd place winners: Ben Bain and Leah Saeger; 3rd place winner: Olivia Chalker; and Honorable Mentions: Chloe Armstrong, Coleman Bresina, Gabriella Elliott, Abbigayle Engstron, Tate Kopsell, Alex Ross, Payton Sima, and Thomas Tomesh! About the Contest: This annual contest was created more than two decades ago to raise awareness and appreciation for wetlands and waterfowl conservation for students in grades K-12. It is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for adult artists. Students create original artwork showing North American ducks, geese, or swans in their natural habitats. First, second, third, and honorable mention awards are given out in four age categories. The top 36 winning entries from the state of Wisconsin will be showcased in two traveling displays across the state from May 2014 - March 2015. For a schedule of the traveling display locations, or for additional information about the 2014 contest, please contact WI Junior Duck Stamp State Coordinators at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge at 608.565.2552 or necedahl@fws.gov
May 12, 2014
One of the Rotary Club's goals for the 2013/14 Rotary year was to sponsor Interact Clubs in at least two area high schools. Interact is a club for young people age 12-18 interested in carrying out service projects, making international connections, developing leadership skills and having fun. They met that goal, when two Interact clubs got started this year - one of them at Altoona High School. Last week Interact officers from Regis and Altoona, shared highlights from their inaugural year! Congratulations to advisor Wendy Nelson and AHS Interact students! Here's a summary from Justin's report: "Justin Chilson, AHS Vice President reported that their 40-member Club had completed a blanket-making project with the blankets being donated to local hospitals. Later this month, they are holding a 'privilege raffle' where special privileges donated by some of the teachers will be raffled off. The proceeds will be donated to Rotary's Polio Plus campaign and also help fund next year's projects. As the future Club president, Justin is looking to increase awareness of Interact, increase the Club membership, and complete more projects."
May 8, 2014
Each year, the Eau Claire Chamber's Excellence in Education Banquet honors 60 graduating seniors from 10 area high schools on the first Wednesday in May. From the AHS class of 2014, our congratulations to Michael Barr, Kaylin Kartaly, Jay Nelson, Maria Satnik, Sam Wallenfelt and Erik Weiss, who were honored along with their chosen educators: David Boley, Darryl Schaefer, Erik Kampa, Wendy Nelson, Todd Lenz and Cliff Kleinke last night at the Florian Gardens! Our congratulations also go to Bob Baldwin, instrumental music teacher, who received the Innovation in Teaching award! Photos from the 30th Annual Banquet have been uploaded to our Facebook page. Share your congratulations there!
May 4, 2014
For the third year in a row, the AHS yearbook staff has been awarded the Josten's National Yearbook Program of Excellence Distinction! The award recognizes yearbook programs that strive to make sure all students are included and meet critical deadlines in the production of the book - and only 23 other high schools and middle schools in Wisconsin were recognized for this distinction. Congratulations to Samie Anibas, Lara Blaschko, Katie Budd, Tessa DeGeest, Raven Ellin, Madelyn Hancock, Hannah Hohman, Sam Jordan, Kaytlynn Lunderville, Courtney Oleson, Rachel Potapenko, Victoria Ranta, Gabe Roeske, Liz Rosemore, Alyssa Strong, and Advisor Joan Gard.
April 29, 2014
Last weekend, 14 AHS Student Council members had the opportunity to represent our community at the state conference, and participate in the state competitions. Eleven high school students came home with Gold awards and three students took Silver! Gold awards: Connor Olson in the Essay category; Heather Kent and Nick Gilmartin for their Best Project; Tessa DeGeest, Kayla Brown, and Jordan Oas in the Scrapbook category; Mariah Lima and KaSandra Springer for their Multi-Media presentation, and Claire Pszeniczny, Toria Navarre and Jennasa Lima for their homemade Banner, Then and Now! Taking Silver: Cole Kampa and Evan Olson in Button-Making and Laken Jones in Speech! In addition, deserving special recognition is Mariah Lima - nominated as Secretary of the District 1 Student Council! Mariah will fulfill her duty by attending many state level meetings in the upcoming school year.
April 23, 2014
Congratulations staff and students! For the 2nd year running, AHS is a "Silver Best High School" in the US News' Best High Schools ranking! Out of 446 eligible Wisconsin high schools, AHS ranks #21! The U.S. News reviewed 31,242 U.S. public high schools; 114 Wisconsin schools made their rankings - with 34 receiving a silver or gold medal (32 silver / 2 gold)! Their rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. The 2014 Best High Schools rankings were released Tuesday.
April 17, 2014
Tracy Boyd, speech and language pathologist, received a WACTE (Wisconsin Association of Colleges for Teacher Education) Pre-Service Educator Mentor Award for outstanding achievement among education professionals who work with UW-EC students! Tracy was honored at a banquet last night, and received a $500 award! According to Tracy's nominator, "...mentorship and supervision of our students is second-to-none. Tracy is a very competent and collaborative individual, always demonstrating compassion, professionalism and enthusiasm. She is dedicated to her profession and to providing her time and expertise to the development of future professionals."
March 12, 2014
We are happy to announce that AHS senior, Gabe Roeske has been accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design - MCAD; in addition, Gabe was awarded the 2014/15 Visual Arts Scholarship that will provide $48,000 toward this tuition! Our congrats to Gabe!
March 11, 2014
Our congratulations to Bobbie Kuchta for being selected as a 2014 Herb Kohl Fellowship recipient! Bobbie and her nominating school (Altoona Middle School) will each receive a $1,000 grant. In addition, Bobbie will be recognized at a regional luncheon on March 23. The $1,000 awards are made to 100 teachers, their schools, and 187 graduating high school students. Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service both in- and out- of the classroom. They are selected by a statewide committee composed of civic leaders and representatives of education related associations and the program's co-sponsors: The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, DPI, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, and the regional CESAs. The Kohl Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program was established by Herb Kohl, U.S. Senator (Retired) in 1990.To date, the foundation has awarded $8.6 million to Wisconsin educators, students and schools. "Education is the key to the future of Wisconsin and our nation. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students and teachers, and look forward to the great contributions they will make in the future," Kohl said.
February 26, 2014
AHS senior, Kendall Kartaly recently received the President's Volunteer Service Award for her exemplary volunteer service! The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. Altoona High School nominated Kendall for national honors in recognition of her volunteer service. "The recipients of these awards demonstrate that young people across America are making remarkable contributions to the health and vitality of their communities," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential Financial. "By recognizing these students and placing a spotlight on their volunteer activities, we hope to motivate others to consider how they can also contribute to their community." "Demonstrating civic responsibility through volunteerism is an important part of life," said NASSP Executive Directive JoAnn Bartoletti. "These honorees practice a lesson we hope all young people, as well as adults, will emulate." The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), recognizes middle level and high school students from across America for outstanding volunteer service! Congratulations Kendall!
January 13, 2014
In the News! The Winter 2013 edition of Teaching Today - In the Classroom section features a story about our 4-5 intermediate school and project based learning! The article was written and submitted by Sarah Pszeniczny. Thank you Sarah! See page 17: http://www.teachingtodaywi.com/assets/components/flipnews/index.html
November 25, 2013
Congratulations to Suzy Sivertson for her appointment to the WATG (Wisconsin Association of Talented and Gifted) Board as a Member at Large! As an advocate for gifted and talented students in our district and statewide, Suzy will work to raise public awareness about gifted education and the he unique needs that gifted individuals have.
October 17, 2013
Congratulations to Altoona Intermediate School students' Cody Riechers and Jack Ives, who were selected for reading at the Showcase of Young Writers of the Chippewa Valley this Sunday, October 20 at 1:30 PM! The event will be held at the Grand Theatre, 102 West Grand Avenue, Eau Claire. Cody, a 4th grade student will read his story, "The Sinking of the Moositania," and Jack, a 5th grade student will read his story "The Art Battle of 1999." The Line-up: http://www.cvbookfest.org/
September 17, 2013
To complement Altoona High School's "Blue Star School" rating, AHS business teacher Kelly Ostrander, has been named a recipient of a 2012/13 Gold Star Teacher Award! The "Gold Star" is awarded to teachers who have achieved a 90% pass rate (in a class with at least 10 students) on the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test. Note from w!se We at w!se are extraordinarily grateful for the time and energy educators put into teaching personal finance and they should be very proud of this great achievement. Gold Star Teachers are honored at w!se's annual MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy, in New York City, on Tuesday, November 5.
September 16, 2013
AHS senior Julie Nelson has qualified as a semifinalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. As one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who are semifinalists, Julie has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will offered next Spring. Congratulations Julie!!
September 12, 2013
Altoona High School is on the "Blue Star School" list for 2012/13! As a school testing 10 or more students, AHS achieved the benchmark of at least a 75% passing rate on the Financial Literacy Certification Test and met other criteria as noted in their notification letter to our financial literacy teacher, Kelly Ostrander! Letter: On behalf of Phyllis Frankfort, President and CEO, and all of us at w!se, it gives me great pleasure to announce the Blue Star Schools for the 2012-2013 academic year. Congratulations! A school, testing ten or more students. must achieve a 75% passing rate on our Financial Literacy Certification Test and have EITHER a majority of students on a given grade level take the Test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80% or higher. This is no small feat. We are truly proud of your students' accomplishment. We are equally proud of you and the teachers in your schools who helped them become Certified Financially Literate. Because of your dedicated and tireless commitment, you have given them vital knowledge about their personal finances. You have also provided them with the tools they need to become financially capable young adults. We will honor all Blue Star schools at our annual MoneyPower Conference for Financial Literacy in New York City on November 5th. We hope someone from your school will be able to join us at this year's Conference to accept our Blue Star Banner award. Details will follow. Once again, congratulations to all of you for an outstanding achievement and sincere thanks for your tremendous hard work in helping to improve the financial literacy of our nation's young people. About w!se Financial Literacy Certification http://www.wise-ny.org/programs.htm
June 5, 2013
A classroom grant in Altoona could help shape future engineers. WQOW News 18 and RCU presented Wendy Nelson, AHS physics and chemistry teacher, with a Tools for Schools award! Wendy applied for the $300 grant hoping to add more sensors. The technology is used to collect real-time data for science experiments or projects. She says, with tight budgets, they've been unable to buy the supplies they need. "There are so many doors that science opens up for you... that it's amazing what one class might be able to help you with down the road that you don't realize. I'm just grateful that I get to use it and to help kids become scientists," said Nelson. Tools for Schools is a partnership between RCU and WQOW News 18.
May 10, 2013
For the second year in a row, the AHS yearbook staff has been awarded the Josten's National Yearbook Program of Excellence Distinction! The award recognizes yearbook programs that strive to make sure all students are included and meet critical deadlines in the production of the book - and only 23 other high schools and middle schools in Wisconsin were recognized for this distinction. Congratulations to Sarah Gulotta, Kiara Lanners, Brittany Spies, Katie Weltzin, Jordan Schmidt, Gabe Fischer, Katelyn Repka, Lizzi James, Dustin Schlenz, Tessa DeGeest, Liz Rosemore, Ansel Thao, Courtney Oleson, Hannah Hohman, and Advisor Joan Gard.https://www.facebook.com/altoonaschooldistrict/posts/653951997968177
May 9, 2013
High school business teacher, Kelly Ostrander wrote a "Pathway to Financial Success" grant and received grant funding of $10,675 for iPads and a charging station! More great news! Altoona High School Student Council members, along with their advisors Melanie Engen and Joan Gard, attended the State Leadership Conference in Green Bay, May 5-6. Each of the students earned a Gold in their competition! Weston Tobias, Megan Netzinger, Phil Pehler, and Kyle Grokowsky competed in the "Best Project" category and highlighted Student Council's involvement in "A Time to Share" program. Nick LeMay designed and created a Button to showcase the "Kiss a Senior Goodbye" fundraiser. Nick Ohren competed in the Speech category and Connor Olson competed in the Writing category. Elizabeth Brown, Maddie Vatland, and Hannah Johnson put together a Scrapbook of the year's activities. Cassandra Barr, Amanda Oas, Amber Parroni, and Claire Pszeniczny designed and created a Banner. Allie Schroyer and Mariah Lima competed in the Multimedia category and showcased the annual Holiday Games. Congratulations to these Student Council leaders!
May 6, 2013
Each year, the Eau Claire Chamber's Excellence in Education Banquet honors 60 graduating seniors from 10 area high schools on the first Wednesday in May. From the AHS class of 2013, our congratulations to Kali Belonga, Taylor Bontje, Phoebe Flesch, Whitney Kallenbach, Kiara Lanners and Weston Tobias, who were honored along with their chosen educators: Wendy Nelson, Darryl Schaefer, Kim Butnick, Erik Kampa, Melanie Engen and Greg Power last night at the Florian Gardens! Our congratulations also go to AHS teacher, Kelly Ostrander who received the Innovation in Teaching Award! Another high-point, MaiVue Xiong, 2002 AHS graduate who was herself one of our honored students at the 2002 banquet, delivered the keynote address and received a standing ovation! MaiVue practices with Weld Riley's Business Law and Frac Sand Mining and Minerals sections, focusing on business formations and sales, banking and financing services, and real estate and landlord/tenant law.
April 25, 2013
Students from 40 schools participated in this years Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Contest - and third graders from Pedersen Elementary earned 12 of the 25 awards in their age group! Jolee Verville and Riley Wiggins each placed 1st; Khalia Mork placed 2nd; and Mason Day, Anna Fedie, David Gomez, Braxton Lang, Ian Langlois, Dion Sebranek, Hailie Topper, Sydni Yarrington and Madison Zimmerman all earned an honorable mention. Their artwork will be on display throughout the state from May 2013 - March 2014.
April 24, 2013
More great news! Altoona High School has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as a Silver "Best High School" in U.S. News' Best High Schools 2013 ranking! U.S. News & World Report reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools. 113 Wisconsin schools made their ranking, and AHS ranks #23 out of those 113 Wisconsin high schools!
April 24, 2013
Last fall's state test scores are in! Our students not only outperformed the state average - as you can see on the Leader-Telegram graphic, they surpassed students in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie!
April 18, 2013
Congratulations to Susan Hintgen, 4K Coordinator and former early childhood teacher, who was recognized today at the 12th Annual Children's Legacy Luncheon. Susan was one of six honored for her profound and lasting contribution to children and families in our community! As part of her award, Susan selected the Altoona Children's Council to receive a $500 grant in her honor! The event is sponsored by the Eau Claire Community Foundation.
April 5, 2013
First grader, Isabella Bauer started a Foundation called Bella's Books! The purpose of Bella Books is to collect new and gently used books for distribution to children at The Beacon House and other shelters in the community! You Can Help: Drop off book donations at Amanda Miller's classroom (Pedersen 2025) and Like 'Wilbooks' Facebook page in April. For every LIKE in April, they will donate a book to Bella's Books. Isabella and her mom were guests on Mom's Everyday. View their interview at: http://www.momseveryday.com/video?videoid=2570489
March 21, 2013
Sixth grader, writer and director, Anna Haigh has done it again! A musical based on her award winning book, "The Day My Parents Shipped Me Off to Camp Miserable," will be performed on April 6 at the Grand Theatre! Along with Anna, fellow 6th grader and musical director, Linnea McClintock has written the music and lyrics! The 12+ member cast is made up of 4th and 6th grade students from Pedersen Elementary and Altoona Middle Schools. Two Performances: Saturday, April 6 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM Grand Theatre, 102 Grand Ave, Eau Claire $5.00 for Adults; $2.00 for Kids. All proceeds will go to Katherine's Wish. About Anna's award-winning book: Anna's book "The Day My Parents Shipped Me Off to Camp Miserable," was the first place winner of the 2011 Division 3 (grades 4-5) WASB Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book contest. Anna's work was judged one of the best from among 387 entries. Anna received a savings bond and certificate at the WASB Fall Regional Meeting on October 11, 2011. "The Day My Parents Shipped Me Off to Camp Miserable" is a funny story about a girl that reluctantly gets sent to camp. She encounters all kinds of horrors before she realizes that camp can be really fun! It's a great show filled with surprises and even a synchronized swimming scene!
March 13, 2013
Congratulations to Coach Andy Riechers for his selection as an assistant coach with the Division 3 North team for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) State Boys' Basketball All-Star game on June 15 in Wisconsin Dells! Proceeds from the game go directly to the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (known as MACC).
March 13, 2013
Congratulations to Altoona High School students, along with advisor Gary Clark for a great showing at the JA Business Challenge held on March 12! Team "Siempre Solo," Cole Kampa, Hannah Johnson and Kate Weber, made it into the championship round placing in the top 8 of the 40 or so teams present. They fought a tough battle and placed 8th overall and won $25 Visa gift cards. Quite an accomplishment to say the least! Team "Sweater Vest Swag," Lynsie Schmidt, Maria Auger and Graeson Colbert, and Team "Altoona 1," Micah Burch, Mariah Lima and Alex Begalske competed in the secondary or runners up bracket for a variety of prizes. For a while first place in their "industry" went back and forth between Sweater Vest Swag and Altoona 1 but in the end Sweater Vest Swag came in first. Very exciting!
February 4, 2013
The Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association is pleased to announce the fifth induction class to the WFSCA Hall of Fame. The 2013 Hall of Fame induction class includes: Dale Buvid from Monroe, Paul Olson from Fort Atkinson and Jim Turner from Altoona. Honorees will be recognized at a banquet on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in Stevens Point. Inductees are nominated for this recognition by their peers and selected by the executive board of the WFSCA. Inductees are being recognized for their accomplishments both on and off the playing field during their coaching careers. The four inductees for 2013 have a total of 82 years of softball coaching experience and a total of 1217 wins. For those who don't know, Coach Turner was our head coach for 22 years. In those years the Railroaders compiled a record of 389-94. That includes an amazing 15 Conference Championships, five state tournament appearances and the 2001 WIAA State Championship.
February 1, 2013
After being chosen for the 90 Days of Giving contest, Veronica Young, parent of 4th grader Alona Young was surprised with a car and $500 worth of gas yesterday! Veronica was nominated by school counselor, Brooke Kaldor. "I was really impressed. She persisted through the cold and snow and to go to work every day, provide for her daughter and do what was best, I thought she was very deserving," said Kaldor. 90 Days of Giving is brought by a Morrie's Mazda, Gordy's County Market and Metropolis Resort.
January 30, 2013
AHS sophomore, Lynsie Schmidt has qualified for membership in The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus, a highly select national performing organization! Outstanding student musicians across the US applied and auditioned for membership, and currently, Lynsie is the only singer from Wisconsin who will be on the tour! This summer, The Sound of America will perform 11 concerts in 23-days in six European countries!
December 19, 2012
Deb Kjesbo, 1st grade teacher applied for the WQOW/RCU "Tools for Schools" grant and was surprised with a big check today! With learners across the spectrum, ELL and students with special needs, her application for an iPad will help her to differentiate instruction in the classroom. Each month, WQOW News 18 and RCU select a classroom as the recipient of a $300 check towards a special project. They were so impressed with Deb's application that they decided to donate the entire cost of $400! Thank you WQOW and RCU, and congratulations, Deb!
November 27, 2012
The Altoona Rails Football staff and players received a Sunshine Award today! The Family of Scott Wibel wrote: "The Altoona Rails Football Staff and Team helped on homecoming weekend to pack and move our brother's belongings after he passed away in early September. All of the young men on the team and coaching staff were so polite, courteous, and helpful. The level of character and class all of these members have put them in a class of their own. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you."
October 30, 2012
Third graders at Pedersen Elementary have brought home Fazoli's $2,500 World Pasta Day grand prize! Our students highlighted French Impressionist artwork with pasta frames painted to complement the artwork. The winners were named on October 25 in celebration of World Pasta Day. The contest kicked off in September and was held at schools throughout the country. More than 80 schools entered the contest from across the country. It was open to elementary grade students through fifth grade. Second place went to fifth graders at Kennedy Elementary in Janesville for their Pasta Peace Tree and Flying Creature Carrying Dreams artwork. In recognition, Fazoli's will provide a catered meal for the school. Kindergarteners at Global Village Academy in Northglenn, Colorado, took third place with various pieces they submitted as a class, and all students will receive coupons for free kids' meals from Fazoli's. "As any parent knows, kids love pasta," said Cathy Hull, Fazoli's chief marketing officer. "And while they like eating pasta, they also enjoy using pasta noodles to express their creativity. With so many different pasta shapes and colors, it makes the perfect ingredient for designing sculptures and filling blank canvases. Fazoli's is pleased to have sparked the imagination of students through this contest."winners of Pasta Art Contest
September 26, 2012
Congratulations to AHS seniors Phoebe Flesch and Austin Wardean for being named "Commended Students" in the 2013 National Merit® Scholarship Program! Commended students are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. In her letter to AHS principal Pepowski, Michelle Cicirello, director of educational services, notes the important part that our professional staff plays in the development of academically talented young people. So hats off to all of you for your part in Phoebe's and Austin's success! More About Commended Students: In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
June 5, 2012
For the second year running, Pedersen Elementary and Altoona Middle School have been selected by the Wisconsin PBIS Network to receive awards for the tremendous work accomplished through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at both schools! Once again, Pedersen Elementary has received a "School of Merit" award, and the middle school has advanced this year to an even higher level - a "School of Distinction," award! AMS is one of just 25 schools statewide that are receiving the School of Distinction award this year! To be identified as Schools of Distinction, schools had to meet 11 of the 13 criteria for Schools of Merit (scoring at least 70% on Benchmarks of Quality, regular staff and team self-assessment of implementation for action planning, leadership from both internal and external coaches, and using the Big 5 data reports for problem solving around data). In addition, they had to score at least 80% on a Benchmarks of Quality in the 2011/12 school year, describe positive outcomes they have seen that can be attributed to their PBIS implementation, and also to describe the parent/community involvement, classroom systems, and disaggregation of data in their PBIS implementation. That's a lot of words to describe the significant effort they put into receiving the highest PBIS Network award! Congratulations to Altoona Middle School staff and students! PBIS is a proactive approach that establishes safer and more effective schools. It is currently being implemented in approximately 40% of Wisconsin's schools. The Wisconsin PBIS Network is a DPI funded initiative.
May 17, 2012
Congratulations to AHS senior Mariah Pfundheller and Melody Christianson! In February, Mariah learned that she was one of 250 high school seniors selected as a Coca-Cola Scholar from over 85,000 applicants across the nation! In addition to receiving a $10,000 college scholarship, she was flown to Atlanta to enjoy a weekend of tours, service, banquets, dances and fun! Highlights of the trip included meeting Morgan Freeman, chatting over dinner with the film production crew who create Coke commercials, touring the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial - and making lasting friendships with great kids from all over the country. Each of the Coca-Cola scholars selected one teacher to honor as his or her distinguished educator. Mariah chose Melody Christianson, AHS English and speech teacher. Melody received a $100 Staples certificate and an award with the following inscription: To Mrs Christianson, For inspiring in me a desire to teach language arts; for sharing and instilling your passion for composition, literature, and speech; for giving characters life through discussion and analysis; for depicting teaching as a joyful adventure; for giving me the confidence to lead S.A.D.D. activities (including the dramatic Mock Car Crash), but mostly for the person you are--cheerful, reasonable, ambitious, generous, and warm-hearted: I nominate you as my Educator of Distinction. Mariah Pfundheller
May 11, 2012
The AHS 2012 yearbook staff has been awarded the Josten's National Yearbook Program of Excellence Distinction! The award recognizes yearbook programs that strive to make sure all students are included and meet critical deadlines in the production of the book. Only 23 other high schools and middle schools in the entire state of Wisconsin were recognized for this distinction. Congratulations to Jarica Steinke, Megan Kampa, Becca Lenz, Allison Sontag, Larissa Fox, Lisa Peck, Logan McDaniel, Gabe Corriea, and Advisor Joan Gard. From Paul Peterson, Jostens Yearbook Representative: This is the first year of the program, and it is designed to recognize the yearbook programs nationwide that strive to create a book that improves the 4-year experience for the students that they serve by making sure students feel included in the book and therefore feel a sense of belonging within their school community. In addition, the distinction requires the staff to work toward and hit critical deadlines in the production of their book to guarantee a book on time and within budget. Without question, Joan and the staff achieved each of the benchmarks for this distinction.
May 3, 2012
Each year, the Eau Claire Chamber's Excellence in Education Banquet honors 60 graduating seniors from 10 area high schools on the first Wednesday in May. From the AHS class of 2012, our congratulations to Samantha Braswell, Nathan Kent, Sarah Lechner, Alex Norgren and Naomi Poquette, who were honored along with their chosen educators (Lori Weinmeister, Todd Lenz, Darryl Schaefer, Wendy Nelson and Richard Moses) at last night's Excellence in Education Banquet held at the Florian Gardens! Nominated by Donna Walther, our congratulations also go to Pedersen volunteer, Sue Haigh, who received a Special Educator Award! About the Banquet: Sixty students from 10 area high schools are selected by their high school based primarily on academic achievement; however, school personnel are strongly encouraged to take into consideration other important demonstrated attributes of student achievement, such as ability to apply learning, leadership, outstanding character, personal goals, enthusiasm, community involvement, communication skills, self-motivation, class attendance, self-confidence and positive attitude. Participating high schools include Altoona, Augusta, Eau Claire Memorial, Eau Claire North, Eau Claire Regis, Eleva-Strum Central, Elk Mound, Fall Creek, Gilmanton and Mondovi. What makes this banquet unique is that each honored student then chooses an educator who either aroused a special interest in a specific subject or in learning in general, demonstrated exceptional knowledge or teaching ability, served as a mentor, devoted extra time and attention, was very understanding and helpful, demonstrated a love of learning and of the teaching professional or for whatever reason, caused the student to do more than what might be considered possible. The educator is honored alongside the student at the banquet. You many view or print a list of all the 2012 honorees and educators. The Excellence in Education Committee also honors a handful of special educators who have contributed to the education process through direct student involvement, community involvement or partnership activities. Categories include Innovation in Teaching, Contributor to Education and Unsung Hero award. This event is made possible because of the generous support of numerous community businesses, organizations and individuals.
April 23, 2012
The AHS Forensics team had one of its most successful years-ever at the State Competition held in Madison this past weekend! Each one of the 15 students participating brought home a medal! Gabe Fischer and Nick Ohren received bronze medals for their pieces. Maria Satnik, Phoebe Flesch, Kendra Melsness, Brittney Hegenbart and Nick LeMay each took home silver medals for their selections, and with a perfect score of 25, Kyle Growkowsky, Kendall Kartaly, Isaac Burk, Mariah Pfundheller, Tony Nichols, Luke Thill, Zach Druckrey and Weston Tobias each earned gold medals. Congratulations to the entire forensics team on a wonderful season! There were 4,937 students from 373 school districts participating in the two-day event, along with 559 judges and 468 coaches.
April 19, 2012
More than 80,000 high school students across the nation - and all Altoona High School Personal Finance students took the National Financial Capability Challenge in early April. Across the nation the average student score was 69 percent. Twenty-two AHS students ranked in the top 20 percent! The following will receive a certificate: Kali Belonga, Richard Blaschko, Corey Devine, Zach Ebben, Destiny Erickson, Gabriel Fischer, Gunnar Forcier, Jacob Helland, Elizabeth Jibben, Sara Kirk, Nikolas LaValley, Nicholas LeMay, Gregory Mickelson, Lane Mills, Nicholas Ohren, Jared Phillips, Mallory Phillips, Sam Schaaef, Brittany Spies, Weston Tobias, Austin Wardean, Kate Zander. Nick LeMay, Weston Tobias and Richard Blaschko will receive a second certificate because they scored at the top of Altoona High School challenge-takers. In addition, Nick LeMay earned a perfect score of 40 out of 40 on the test! All these students qualify to be in a drawing for a scholarship or other awards. About the Challenge: The National Financial Capability Challenge is an awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States. It incentives educators to teach the basics of personal finance to their students by rewarding students, educators, schools, and states for their participation and their successes. Educators and top-scoring students receive award certificates, and schools and states with the highest participation rates earn special distinction.
April 13, 2012
Three students from Altoona High school were selected as one of two winners in their grade level in poetry for the 2011 Young Adults' Writing Contest. The contest was sponsored by the Theta Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Congratulation to: Paige Mann, Freshman (Poem: "True Colors"); Houa Her, Sophomore (Poem: "What friend you are"); Kendall Kartaly, Sophomore (Poem: "The Other World"). All winners of the Young Adults' Writing Contest are invited to read their winning submissions at the annual English Festival, Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 6:15 P.M., in the Tamarack Room at the UW-Eau Claire. Read their poetry on Facebook!
April 2, 2012
Congratulations to the following 8th grade students who participated in the Regional National History Day (NHD) Competition at UW-Eau Claire last Thursday: Jasmine Her; Audrina Husom; Heather Johnson; Jenna Gregoire; Alex Hoffmeister; Casey Meyer; Isaac Nichols; Brendan Grey. Under the direction of Jack Blackburn, the students researched and prepared for NHD for the past eights weeks! Brendan and Isaac qualified to compete in the state competition on May 5 in Madison. Their documentary titled " Josef Mengele; A Good Example of a Bad Example," was one of the top three at regionals. If you see them, wish them the best as they venture to Madison!
April 2, 2012
Congratulations to Pedersen third graders who placed in the 2012 Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest! The students were selected from 624 entries from students in 47 schools: Ashligne Paulson, 1st Place; Natia Batz, 2nd Place; Madelyn Hoepner, 2nd Place; Brandon Scheidler, 3rd Place; Olivia Midthun, Honorable Mention; Morgan Dekan, Honorable Mention; Nicholas Engen, Honorable Mention; Connor Camlek, Honorable Mention; Averie Varsho, Honorable Mention. In addition fifth grade student Anna Haigh participated in the contest during her elementary tutoring time, and she received a 1st place award in her age group! On another note, our school district has been asked to be a host site for the traveling display from October 12 to November 16. About the Contest: The 2012 Wisconsin contest drew 624 entries from students in 47 schools. Entries were from seven-year-olds in first grade, up to high school students whose work is of professional quality. The artwork is judged in four age classes and the best of show is selected from each class's first place entries. "There were so many amazingly detailed entries from all age groups this year. But what is perhaps more inspiring is the fact that 624 Wisconsin students have learned important lessons about the need to conserve wetland habitat through participating in the Junior Duck Stamp Program," said Daniel Peterson, Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator.
March 2, 2012
Fifth grade students, Linnea McClintock and Anna Haigh, have teamed up to write, cast and direct an all-female musical that hits the Grand Little Theatre stage Saturday afternoon. In fact, the entire 11-member crew comprises Altoona Middle School fifth-graders! The musical, "A Gift Of Friendship," is based on typical youthful experiences of girls, and about "the greatest gift, friendship," Anna said. Link to the Leader-Telegram story on Facebook! Pack the House: Curtains open at the Grand Little Theatre, 102 W Grand Avenue in Eau Claire at 2 PM tomorrow, March 2. Admission is $2.00.
March 1, 2012
Six Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams competed at regionals on February 25 in Prescott. Congratulations to all, and, in particular, to the two elementary and two high school teams that are advancing to state competition on April 14 in Stevens Point! The two middle school teams were eliminated in a large and tough field of competitors. The eliminated middle school teams were: DI team advised by Angi Goodwin: Jenna Berry, Kennedy Jafferi, Olivia Lang, Connor Schlenz, Noah Witte, and Carter Goodwin; and the DI team advised by Katrina Klatt: Emily Studinski, Emma Hoff, Lexi Klatt, Kennedy Marlaire, Emilie Powell, Anna Wislinsky, and Brooklyn Arbs. Moving on to state competition are the elementary DI team advised by Tammy VanBlarcom and Melissa Martin: Ryan Chmelik, Sarah Kuenkel, Abigail Martin, Leah Olsen, Shawn VanBlarcom, Nick Campbell, Tim Campbell; and the DI team advised by Amy and Scott Thiede: Keelyn Marlaire, Andy Hoff, Morgan Parks, Riley Parks, Kira Thiede, Trevor Kempen, and Connor Camlek. The high school DI teams that will be advancing are both advised by Kathy Kent: Team 1 consists of Graeson Colbert, Evan Peterson, Dustin Schleuz, Alex Begalske, Matt Campbell, Tristan Henning and Team 2: Hannah Johnson, Jason Kent, Matt Lehnen, Caleb Thill, Ben Wislinsky and Alex Kurth. Congratulations to all and good luck at State!
December 20, 2011
More Holiday Memories!! Congratulations to Ethan Stewart and Logan Erickson! Both fourth-grade students also had their holiday memories published in the December 18 Leader Telegram.
December 19, 2011
Two Pedersen students were chosen as winners of this year's Leader Telegram Holiday Memories contest. Congratulations to fourth-grader Emily Boeck, the first-place winner in the fourth- and fifth-grade category and second-grader Kaden Kaio who placed first in the first-, second- and third-grade category! Their "Holiday Memories" were published in the December 18 Leader-Telegram Lifestyle section.
December 12, 2011
Thank you Altoona High School Boys Basketball for your efforts raising money for the St. Francis Food Pantry! Last week, the team ran a coin drive and donated nearly $500 to the pantry. In addition, Mr. Lenz' high school classes raised $185, which was also donated to St. Francis!
November 18, 2011
Last spring 8th grade students embarked on a writing project focused on stories featuring their grandmothers. The project turned out a book entitled When "A Child Is Born, So Is A Hero" (165 pages, about 100 stories). Five of the stories were selected for the 2011/12 (8th edition) Poetica Grandma-tica, a book of, about, and by grandmothers of the Chippewa Valley! Congratulations to AHS freshmen Hannah Johnson, Katelyn Niesen, Whitney Hays, Sklar Witte, and Seiera Milbee, the authors of the five stories! The students, along with teachers Teri Cihasky and Shalyn Gagnon, and STEP worker Jack Blackburn, were recognized at the Author's Tea held on Tuesday! Poetica Grandma-tica is on sale at The Heyde Center for the Arts.
October 12, 2011
Anna Haigh, grade 5, the first place winner of the 2011 Division 3 (grades 4-5) WASB Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book contest was the honored guest at last night's Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) Region 4 Fall Meeting! Along with her parents, Anna shared the evening with Pedersen teachers Donna Walther and Sandy Irwin, school board members, and Superintendent Fahrman. Anna received a savings bond and certificate, and her book, "The Day My Parents Shipped Me Off to Camp Miserable" was on display. Photos have been uploaded to the district's facebook page.
October 6, 2011
Published since 1998, "Promising Partnership Practices" features 108 practices nationwide - and one of them is ours! "Community Communication," by Juanita Peck, Partnership VISTA is included in the 2011 publication! About "Promising Partnership Practices": The National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) features activities of schools, districts, states, and organizations in annual books of Promising Partnership Practices. The collections, since 1998, include over 600 hundred good ideas from members of NNPS to improve family and community involvement linked to school improvement and student success. To order: http://www.csos.jhu.edu/p2000/ppp/index.htm About NNPS: Educators, researchers, parents, students, and community members are working together in the National Network of Partnership Schools (NNPS) at Johns Hopkins University to develop and maintain effective partnership programs. Schools, districts, state departments of education, education-oriented organizations, and university partners are invited to join NNPS for technical assistance in using research-based approaches to improve policies and practices of school, family, and community partnerships.
September 12, 2011
We are working smarter, not harder - and the elementary school shares this example: This school year, Pedersen will save approximately 54,000 pieces of paper and 108,000 copies on their monthly newsletter alone! With the exception of 54 elementary families without email, they plan to send most notes and newsletters by email, saving even more time and resources! Way to go!
September 9, 2011
Katie Carey, AHS junior and cancer survivor will speak at a ceremony today in Marshfield awarding a $100,000 grant to Marshfield Clinic from Hyundai's Hope on Wheels program to fight childhood cancer!
September 7, 2011
In the spirit of our inservice with Jamie Vollmer, Bob Baldwin is delivering on one of the four "S"s - Share! This past Saturday the Altoona High School Band and Color Guard students marched at the Minnesota State Fair, which they have done annually since 1992 on Labor Day weekend. The Mighty Marching Rails represented our school and community with great pride and enthusiasm, and they looked and sounded great doing it! Three photos have been shared on the district's facebook page!
August 29, 2011
Congratulations to Anna Haigh, grade 5, the first place winner of the 2011 Division 3 (grades 4-5) WASB Write and Illustrate Your Own Picture Book contest! Anna's work was judged one of the best from among 387 entries. Anna will receive a savings bond and certificate at the WASB Fall Regional Meeting on October 11. In addition, Anna's book, The Day My Parents Shipped Me Off to Camp Miserable, will be on display at the Fall Regional meetings around the state! Nine fourth grade students participated in the 2011 contest. Our thanks to fourth grade teacher, Sandy Irwin; art teacher, Donna Walther, and volunteers including Anna's mom Sue Haigh for working with the students!
June 6, 2011
Congratulations to Altoona High School teacher Jessica Desautel, JA Teacher of the Year! Jessica was the only "teacher of the year" selected by Junior Achievement Northwest District, which serves 18,000 students in 900 classrooms in Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Monroe, Pepin, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, and Washburn counties! Jessica will receive her award at the June 22 Eau Claire Express game.
June 6, 2011
PBIS schools across Wisconsin have created a more positive environment for students and staff. Just 22 Wisconsin schools have been selected as Wisconsin PBIS Network Schools of Merit for the 2010/11 school year - and our own Pedersen Elementary and Altoona Middle schools are among them! Congratulations!
April 20, 2011
Pedersen Elementary students participated once again in the 2011 Wisconsin Junior Duck Stamp Contest. There were 833 entries from 49 Wisconsin schools competing. In their age group, a total of nine students from around the state will get their artwork published in the annual calendar. Out of the nine, our students received four of the awards, and an additional four honorable mentions! Congratulations to 1st Place Winners: Kendrah Beranek and Trevor Kempen; 3rd Place Winners: Cade Richard and Gavin Strohkirch; and Honorable Mentions: Evan Burgess, Chase Passon, Jessica Alfaro and Emma Seipel. Click on the link to view the artwork.
April 13, 2011
Altoona High School Personal Finance students took the National Financial Challenge in early April. With more than 84,000 high school students participating, the average student score was 69 percent. Thirteen (13) Altoona students ranked in the top 20 percent: Naomi Poquette, Joe Sletner, Mitch Johnson, Justin Robinson, Tori Dexter, Sam Zimmerman, Luke Thill, Hollie Sell, David Scheppke, Paige Petska, Kendra Melsness, Zack Klatt and Jordan Behounek. In addition, three of the students Tori, Mitch and Justin, earned 39 out of 40 points to qualify them for possible scholarships. Congratulations to Mrs. Ostrander, Mrs. Gard, and our Personal Finance students! About the National Financial Capability Challenge: http://www.challenge.treas.gov/about.aspx
April 6, 2011
As part of their 3rd quarter NHD class, 33 middle school students participated at the National History Day competition on March 31. All of the students competing did an outstanding job - and five teams are moving on to state level competition on May 7 in Madison: Skylar Witte - performance; Caleb Thill and Zach White - performance; Dalton Ystebo and Matt Berry - website; Jason Kent and Connor Olson - documentary; and Graeson Colbert - historical paper. Alternates are: Mariah Lima - performance, and Cole Kampa and Hank Stuttgen - website. Congratulations to all! Five Destination ImagiNation (DI) teams competed at regionals on April 2. For the first time ever, all teams have advanced to state competition on April 16 in Stevens Point! DI team advised by Tammy VanBlarcom and Melissa Martin: Abigail Martin, Ryan Chmelik, Trevor Kempen, Sarah Kuenkel, Carson Hicks and Shawn VanBlarcom. DI team advised by Scott and Melissa Eslinger: Emily Eslinger, Emilie Powell, Jenna Berry, Emma Hoff, Anna Wislinsky, Alexis Klatt and Kennedy Marlaire. DI team advised by Angi Goodwin: Carter Goodwin, Calvin Goodwin, Isaac Colbert, Connor Schlenz, Jacob Hotvedt, Noah Druckery and Evan Peterson. DI team advised by Zack Fugate: Graeson Colbert, Alex Begalske, Zach White, Alex Kurth, Ben Wislinsky and Matt Campbell. DI team advised by Kathy Kent: Jason Kent, Kendall Kartaly, Julie Nelson, Hannah Johnson, Maria Auger, Caleb Thill and Matt Lehnen. In addition, Graeson Colbert, Zach White, Alex Begalske, Alex Kurth, Matt Campbell, and Ben Wislinsky received the DI Spirit Award for their awesome teamwork and for achieving the highest score in the Instant Challenge category of the day! Great job everyone!
April 4, 2011
Altoona Middle School teacher, Terri Hanson, has been selected as a 2011 Kohl Fellowship recipient! Terri will receive a $1,000 grant and be recognized at a regional luncheon on April 10. Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom. Kohl awards are given to 100 teachers and their schools as well as 181 graduating high school students. Congratulations Terri!
April 1, 2011
Congratulations to fifth graders Jenna Boeck and Ellie Nodland for winning the Hallie Youth Optimist Club Essay Contest! They have helped the less fortunate and donated money to the Salvation Army and cancer research organizations, making our community a better place. Jenna and Ellie were honored Thursday morning at a breakfast held by the Optimist Club; they each received a certificate and $100 savings bond. Congratulations to Jenna and Ellie for giving so much back to people in our community!
March 30, 2011
Congratulations to Ryan Wundrow, kindergarten teacher and head coach for the State Champion Lady Rails basketball team. Ryan was named the 2010/11 Associated Press - Coach of the Year on Tuesday night!
March 7, 2011
The Altoona Youth Hockey Bantam team took the state title on March 6! Altoona students on the team are: High School: Zach Fischer, Keegan Gutsch, Cody Schuch and Middle School: Brett Arbs, Bailey Decker, Evan Dexter, Alex Hermanson, Tanner Johnson, Cole Kampa, Kadin Machusak, Gabe Martin, Trent Peterson, Matt Vaughan. Congratulations Bantam team!
February 7, 2011
Congratulations to 8th grade students, Connor Olson, Cole Kampa, Jason Kent and Graeson Colbert who qualified for State at the MATHCOUNTS Northwest Wisconsin competition on February 3! In the final round, Connor Olson finished 8th out of 156 competitors from 14 schools. Mrs. Hart and Mr. Schilling are extremely proud of all of the 12 students who made up the Altoona Middle School MATHCOUNTS Team.
December 16, 2010
Maria Auger, an 8th grade student at AMS was awarded the Young Citizenship Award by the Noon Exchange Club! Maria was one of five students in the area who received this award at a luncheon on December 8. The award is given to students who show good citizenship both in school and in the community.
November 10, 2010
Congratulations to Jay Johnson, high school head baseball coach, who has been unanimously chosen as the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) District 3 Coach of the Year! Jay will be receiving an award at the WBCA Clinic in Madison in February.
October 21, 2010
The WIAA recently passed on this positive report they received from an official: On Friday October 1, 2010 our football crew had the pleasure of officiating the game between Altoona High School and Neillsville. We were very pleased with the positive attitudes of the players from both schools. During the contest we observed players from both teams helping each other up after tackles. The positive attitude exhibited by the players was refreshing to see. We had a running clock for most of the second half but this did not change the enthusiasm of the players. This contest saw very few major penalties and this can be attributed to the positive mental attitude of the players. This contest exemplified what Friday night High School football should be. We would like to commend the players from both schools for the outstanding sportsmanship exhibited in this contest. --Thomas A. Ordens