Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Educational Technology Workshop

On Friday, January 27th our faculty participated in an educational technology workshop.  The exciting part is that we did not have to visit another school or have an expert guest speaker flown in.  Teachers participated in 21 different learning sessions led by their colleagues.  It was an opportunity for our staff to showcase the educational tools being implemented in their classrooms and to model how these technologies enhance instruction. Teachers were asked to research each of the sessions in advance and select sessions that best applied to their specific teaching assignments.   The benefit to a professional development activity of this nature is that our teachers now have access to a local network of experts.  I am confident that all teachers learned applications that will strengthen their instruction.

Sessions included:
A few pictures from the event:

Mrs. Sanders presenting on the IPAD

Mrs. Lundeen leading a session on the Smart Pen

Mr. Woodhouse and Mr. Bakke on the IPAD

Mr. Bakke helping us set up Diigo Accounts
Testing accommodations with Mr. Hundt

Monday, January 30, 2012

2012-13 Course Registration Information

The following information is designed to help you plan a path of study that will allow you to successfully complete Cashton High School graduation requirements and to prepare you for entry into the workforce or post-secondary educational options.  I ask that you take time to review all of the options available and make course selections that are challenging and reflect your future goals.  As you progress through your high school career more electives will become available and we are committed to providing diverse opportunities that allow all of our students to pursue excellence in a broad range of studies.

The registration process starts with class meetings in which the registration timeline and procedures will be explained.  Each student will have access to a Course Description Book and Student Registration/Emergency Form.  Students should complete the form, obtain a parent/guardian’s signature, and return the form to the main office at the designated time. 

It is important that you understand your class choices are considered final.  Limited schedule changes will be made for conflicts and class failures.  If courses have low enrollment numbers they will not be offered.  Each year the high school master schedule is prepared as a result of the selection you make.  If you have questions related to course selections and post-secondary plans, please make an appointment with our guidance counselor, Mr. Stritchko.  If you have questions related to course content please contact the teacher in that department. 

For more information click on the following link: 2012-2013 Course Registration

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

On January 8th five Cashton High School students participated in the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Lanesboro, MN.  JSHS is designed to challenge and engage students in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.  Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers (http://www.jshs.org/).

Cashton was well represented at the symposium this year.  This was the first year that three separate presentations from our school competed.  Carrie Urbanek placed 5th, Amelia Korn placed 4th, and Ashley Thornton placed 3rd.  All students won a $250 scholarshop to UW-LaCrosse and Ashley won a $1000 scholarship to an university of her choice.  Ashley also earned a trip to the National Convention in Maryland this May.  In May she will compete at the national level for additional scholarships.

From L to R:  Casey Urbanek, Janessa Kuderer, Ashley Thornton
Amelia Korn, and Carrie Urbanek

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top Choir Students Participate at Dorian Vocal Festival

Four high school students participated in the Dorian Vocal Festival at Luther College in Decorah, IA this past weekend.  The festival is for outstanding junior and senior vocalists in high school.  The musicians were nominated by Kathryn Miller, vocal music director.  Over the two-day event students trained with music professionals at the college, rehearsed with other talented musicians, and participated in a large concert.

From L to R:  Mark Steger, Cody Von Ruden,
Sonia Cummings, and Brian Swiggum

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

High School Photography Contest

The Cashton High School Student Council is sponsoring a photography contest.  The purpose of the contest is to capture students participating in academics, activities, or athletics.    All high school students are eligible to participate and students are encouraged to submit multiple images.  Entries will be accepted starting January 23, 2012 and the deadline to submit photos is February 6, 2012.  Student council members will select 4 winning photos per grade.  The winning photos will be enlarged, framed, and will hang in the locker areas of each grade-level.

If you are interested in submitting a photos please follow these guidelines:
  1. All images should be submitted electronically.
  2. Image should be saved as a .jpg (JPEG) format with maximum quality.
  3. Students should complete a Photo Entry Form. 
  4. All visible students must give permission to be in the photo submitted.
To submit a photo:
  1. Go to the Photo Contest page on the Middle/High School Website.
  2. Complete the Photo Entry Form
  3. Upload both the picture and photo entry form via the link on the website.  The upload password is “eagles”
  4. If you have questions on how to submit a photo please stop into the office and see Mr. Bell.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Basketball Teams Split with Brookwood, Wrestlers beat Hillsboro in Conference Dual

The boys basketball team beat Brookwood 45-34 on Thursday.  The win improved the boys record to 4-4 (1-3).  The Eagles were led by a balanced scoring attack.  Cody Von Ruden scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds; James Slattry had 10 points, Caleb Fernholz chipped in with 9 points, 11 boards, and 5 assists.  Cole Campton also had a good game scoring 8 points off the bench.

Cole Campton

Cody Von Ruden

Caleb Fernholz

The girls team slipped to 4-4 overall and 2-2 in conference with a tough road loss to the Brookwood Falcons.  The Eagles were led in scoring by Whitney Hanson, 15 points, and Amber Dahl 13 points.

Lane Dickman

Ashley Hurtz

Mariah Campton

The wrestlers beat Hillsboro 51-21 in a conference dual this week.  The team is undefeated in conference duels and ranked ninth in the state.

Austin Moenck

Andrew Mlsna

Brandon Geier

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

School District Vision Update

In 2008, a community group updated the Cashton Public School’s vision. More than 50 community members participated in an event to assist with the process. The end result is a community-based set of expectations that the School Board, school administration, and staff work toward every day.

Vision: Honoring Legacy, Cultivating Opportunities, Pursuing Excellence

Purpose: To foster a nurturing and engaging learning environment that empowers all students to reach their fullest potentials.

Value Statements:
  • Respect, integrity, and character,
  • Family and community involvement,
  • Leadership development,
  • Persistence and work ethic,
  • Creative and critical thinking,
  • The challenge to grow as the world grows,
  • Engaged and healthy citizens,
  • Tradition while looking toward the future,
  • Our rural identity,
  • High academic excellence/achievement.

    Since 2008, the school district has been working very hard to meet the expectations of the community. We thought that it was appropriate to update you on some of the highlights that we have been working on:
    • Awarded the 21st Century CCLC Grant, which Extended Learning Day
    • Expanded Summer School with Reading and Math Academies
    • Improved Summer School with Wellness, Technology, Literacy, and Leadership
    • Developed of the Work Study/Job Shadow Programming
    • Developed a HOSA for students (A Co-Curricular Group for Students interested in Health Careers)
    • Infused Educational Technology in all classrooms, Including Smartboards, iPads, iPods, etc.
    • Established a Wireless Campus
    • Improved our Safety Plan and Installed Video Cameras Busses and in and outside of Schools
    • Continued Implementation of the PEP Grant, including Climbing Walls
    • Advocated for Rural Schools in the Rural Political Caucus, Various State-wide Rural Schools Committees, and Became a Member of the Wisconsin Rural Schools’ Alliance
    • Enhanced the School Nutrition Program, Including Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab and Go Breakfast
    • Added Summer Food Service Program
    • Worked with the Cashton Alumni Association and Collaborated on the All School Reunion
    • Transitioned the School District to Google’s Email, Wiki, Blog, and Document Suite
    • Completed a Total Technology Infrastructure Update
    • Added AP Courses through Distance Learning and Virtual Classes
    • Expanded Inclusive Practice for High-Need Student Populations
    • Expanded Library Focus on Research Skills and 21st Century Media
    • Established Common Assessments at Primary and Intermediate Grades and Middle School
    • Implemented Data-Based Decision Making Process
    • Expanded the Use of Longitudinal Data Systems
    • Mandated Fiscal Literacy for High School Students
    • Partnered with UW-Madison to Study Video Gaming in Education
    • Increased capacity to communicate with parents through newsletters, and classroom websites
    • Revised the School Website
    • Added an ACT Preparation Class for Juniors and Seniors
    • Integrated Internet Safety and Cyber-Bullying Curriculum at the Elementary
    • Facilitated Expanded District Wide Wellness Programming, Including a Wellness Day at the high school and middle school
    • Implemented Best-Practice in Grading Guidelines for Teachers in the High School and Middle School.
    • Further invested in Co-Curricular Programming, Including New Sound, Lights, and Curtains for the State, and a Strength Coach
    • High School Student Council partnered with Cupboard and Closet for Deliveries and Other Inventory.
    • Implemented Eagle Academic Block
    • Partnered with the “Monroe on the Go” Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition for food tastings and increased fresh fruits and vegetables at the elementary

    The Cashton Public Schools’ School Board, administration, and staff take our responsibility to achieve the community-based vision very seriously. Not only do we value the community, people, and stakeholders we serve, but we also treasure the opportunity to serve the kids of the greater Cashton area.

    The success of the school system has been a direct result of the positive relationships we have with the larger Cashton community. Strong relationships built over time have resulted in exceptional learning experiences for our students and staff. Yes, these times have been difficult; however, we’ve managed to continually improve despite these challenges, thanks to our dedicated staff, parents, and wonderful kids.

    On behalf of our students and families, thank you for supporting your public schools. It really makes a difference in the quality of life for us all!

    Tuesday, January 3, 2012

    Athletes participate in tournaments over Holiday Break

    Both basketball teams and the wrestling participated in tournaments over the holiday break.

    The team participated in a Bi-State Classic at the LaCrosse Center. The team finished in 2nd place out of 20 teams in the highly competitive tournament. Dominic Flock placed 2nd, Dillon Flock placed 6th, Brett Von Ruden placed 7th, and Logan Schendel placed 7th in their respective weight classes.
    If you didn't get a chance to see it the LaCrosse Tribune had a nice article about the strong wrestling tradition at Cashton High School. http://bit.ly/AdcP4O

    Dominic Flock competes at Bi-State.  Picture courtesy of LaCrosse Tribune

    Dillon Flock competes at Bi-State.  Picture courtesy of LaCrosse Tribune
    Boys Basketball
    The boys hoops team finished 1-1 in the LaFarge Holiday Tournament.  The Eagles opened the tournament with a a 59-54 win over LaFarge.  The Eagles lost to Independence 52-47.  In that game, Caleb Fernholz and Cody Von Ruden led the way with 19 and 14 points respectively.  The team resumes conference play on Thursday, January 5th against Brookwood.

    Girls Basketball 
    The girls team dropped two games to tough opponents over the holiday break.  On Wednesday, December 28th the team lost 56-35 to Tomah, a division one school, and Thursday the team lost 52-30 to a very good team from Spencer.  The team's next game is Friday at Brookwood.