Friday, March 30, 2012

Students Perform Outstanding at Solo and Ensemble Competitions

The high school choir recently participated in a
 large group Swing Choir contest.   

New choir folders were recently donated by Carol Hultberg.
The donation in memory of her husband, Ron.
Ron was an educator at Cashton for many years.

The Band and Choir programs have had a busy and successful winter season.  A few of the highlights are documented below:
A large number of students spent many hours outside of class preparing to compete in regional solo and ensemble events.  Both Mrs. Miller and Mr. Muraski reported that students did an excellent job.  
State qualifiers: : Ashley Thornton and Katrina Bjornstad- vocal duet; Amelia Korn- classical and musical theatre solos; Mark Steger and Sonia Cummings- vocal duet; Ashley Thornton-classical and musical theatre solos; Sonia Cummings- classical and musical theatre solos; Sonia Cummings, Rosalba Hernandez, Shayna Kircher, Alexis Gilbertson, Amelia Korn, Clare Slattery, Ashley Thornton, Katrina Bjornstad and Misty Duffy in a vocal triple trio; Cody Von Ruden- musical theatre solo; Brian Swiggum-vocal solo, Brian Swiggum, Mark Steger, and Cody Von Ruden-vocal trio, and Amelia Korn-saxophone solo.  
Class A participants: Cody Von Ruden- first on vocal solo; Scarlett Giesler- first on vocal solo; Brian Swiggum-first on musical theatre solo; Rosalba Hernandez-first in vocal solo, Shayna Kircher-first in classical solo and second in musical theatre solo, Katrina Bjornstad-first in classical and musical theatre solos.
Class  B participants: Lauren Thornton and Grace Schroeder- first on vocal duet; Steffanie Leis- first on flute solo; Janessa Kuderer-first on flute solo; Casey Urbanek- first on saxophone solo; Melissa Bess- first on tenor saxophone solo; Shania Wendland- second on trumpet solo; Carrie Urbanek- second on trombone solo; Alexis Gilbertson and Misty Duffy-first in vocal duet; April Bartle- second in vocal solo; Cody VonRuden and Lane Dickman-first in baritone duet; Katrina Bjornstad-first in oboe solo;  and Betsy Schreier-first in clarinet solo.
Class C participants: April Bartle and Rosalba Hernandez- first in vocal duet; Stephanie Tirado-Mendoza-first in saxophone solo; Josh Korn- first in saxophone solo; Angela Klinkner- first in clarinet solo; Jocalyn Carpenter-first in saxophone solo; Karlee Kirking, Rose Adams, Angela Klinkner, Emma Frieberg, Emily Schaldach, Stephanie Tirado-Mendoza, Breanne Huntzicker, Amanda Hemmersbach, Lauren Thornton- first on vocal triple trio; Scarlett Giesler and Steffanie Leis- first on vocal duet; Breanne Huntzicker, Noel Schmitz, Harley Hundt, Abby Wendland- first on vocal duet; Kathryn Mangan and Laura Zahn- first on vocal duet; Rose Adams, Emily Schaldach, Stephanie Tirado-Mendoza, Emma Frieberg- first on vocal duet; Lauren Thornton-first on vocal solo; Morgan Leis-first on vocal solo; Kathryn Mangan- first on vocal solo; Mitchell Kuhn- first on vocal solo; Kelsey Cerva and Amy von Seht- second on vocal duet; Haley Barnes- first on vocal solo; Katelin Mack-first on trumpet solo; Avrie Butzler and Karlee Kirking –first on flute duet; Emily Schaldach- first on bass clarinet solo; Noah Kunau- first on bassoon solo; Haley Barnes- first on clarinet solo; Lauren Thornton- second on flute solo; and Deanna Leis- second on trumpet solo.
Critique only participant: Taylor Menzynski- vocal solo, Taylor Menzynski, Jasmine Felch, Larissa Unseth, Haley Barnes- vocal duet, Nora Hestitune-vocal solo, Amy von Seht- vocal solo. (This category is for students who are sixth graders or simply want the benefit of comments from a judge without the rating.) 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Free Teen Car Clinic

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of fatality for U.S. teen, accounting for more that one in three deaths.  Due to their lack of experience, young people are at greater rick for traffic crashes resulting in injury and death.  In recognition of these facts, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Facility plans to offer a free Teen Car Control Clinic.  Considering that 71% of teenage motor vehicle crashes in our region are due to loss of control, the clinic will provide young drivers a chance to hone their skills and prepare themselves for dangerous situations that may arise on the road.  The clinic will include both an classroom session and behind the wheel exercises.  During the in-car portion of the clinic students will be familiarized with proper braking concepts, vehicle weight transfer and cornering, and unexpected lane changes.

The clinic will be held on Saturday, April 21 or Sunday April 22 from 8 am till 4:30 pm.

This is a free clinic, but pre-registration is required by April 13th.  To register call (608) 775-2011.  A parent/guardian must attend the course with their teen (permit and licensed drivers 15 to 19 years).

If you would like more information clinic brochures are available at the student information desk or online at:

Friday, March 9, 2012

WIAA Scholar Athletes

Sarah Gronemus

Dillon Flock

Two Cashton High School seniors have been selected as the 2012 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's Scholar Athlete Award nominees for the school district.  Dillon Flock and Sarah Gronemus have been chosen as Cashton's representatives for this prestigious state-wide award.  Each year WIAA member schools nominate one boy and one girl for this award.  From this large field of candidates 16 boys and 16 girls are chosen as winners and recognized in the spring at a banquet in Wausau.  The criteria to judge the student athletes, both at the state and local level, include; GPA, varsity letters won, and Conference, Regional, Sectional, and State first place finishes as well as All-Conferences selections. Based on the criteria the senior class of 2012 had fourteen student-athletes qualify to be considered.  "Congratulations to all our nominees.  There represent what being a student-athlete is all about.  This is a talented group and the competition to be Cashton's nominee was rigorous, " said Athletic Director Bill Freiberg.  The other nominees were:  Mariah Campton, Amber Dahl, MacKenzie Daines, Brandon Geier, Whitney Hanson, Allison Hemmersbach, Chloe Kaiser, Amelia Korn, Kelli Schmitz, Hans Stennes-Spidahl, Brett Von Ruden, and Cody Von Ruden.

Health Careers Academy recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction for its efforts to enrich life in rural Wisconsin

Cashton is proud to be a part of a consortium of schools intent on growing their own healthcare workers.  Cashton partners with Scenic Rivers Area Health Education Center to mentor high school students interested in health careers and to create educational opportunities in the areas of public and teen health issues.  A special thanks to Tiffany Giesler, school nurse, for promoting Cashton's involvement in this worthwhile partnership.

The following is a link to the DPI press release:

Monday, March 5, 2012

Our Plan of Response

The recent and tragic events in Ohio are a sad reminder of extensive strategies that schools must have in place to manage crisis and emergency. Cashton Public Schools take our responsibility for student safety very seriously as we partner with parents and guardians to create a secure and productive environment of learning.
We would like to recognize this time of concern as an opportunity to remind parents, community stakeholders, grandparents, and other alarmed citizens about the programming we have in place.

Preventative Measures:

  • Staff visibility,
  • Positive environment of student reporting of concerns,
  • High focus on positive student-adult relationships,
  • Comprehensive coverage of video cameras in schools and buses,
  • Bullying prevention and character development curriculum,
  • Ongoing staff development and training regarding bullying and suicide detection and prevention,
  • Counselor intervention to aid in student awareness of resources,
  • Quick adult response to infractions.

Emergency Response Measures:
  • Updated district emergency response plan,
  • Staff review of emergency response plan twice per year,
  • Drug dogs search the high school-middle school at least once a year,
  • Student lock-down preparation done at least once a year,
  • Periodic student evacuation drills,
  • Coordination with Monroe County emergency response teams, including coordination with Monroe SWAT drills completed once every three years,
  • Coordination with local emergency response teams, including the distribution of school maps, keys, etc.

We can all hope that we will never face a situation that would necessitate the implementation of the above plans; however, with thoughtful preparation, with an approach of parental partnership in detecting and reporting concerns, and with close coordination with emergency response teams, Cashton Public Schools has a thorough plan to prevent and respond to crisis.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your child’s building principal or the district administrator.

To view the schools bullying prevention and response program, chick here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cashton kicks off music in schools month with a flash mob

The Cashton music department organized a flash mob dance routine for halftime of the girls basketball game on Thursday night.  While the term flash mob initially scared both the AD and myself, it ended up being a fun part of a great night of athletics and arts.  In addition to the mob Cashton alumni contributed to a great pep band for the night.

The Eagles lost a close game on senior night.  Whitney Hanson led the way with 14 points and Amber Dahl scored 11. The girls battle Benton-Shullsburg in the opening round of the playoffs on Tuesday, March 6th.

Dominic Flock Wins a State Wrestling Championship

Picture Courtesy of Rory O'Driscoll/LaCrosse Tribune
Dominic Flock became just the 4th Eagle wrestler to claim a state title.  His path to the 160 pound state title included wins over Zach Reih of Shiocton, (11-5), Matt Nowak of Edgar (8-2), and an exciting 6-4 overtime victory over Mike Mergener of Coleman.  It was not east for Dominic, he had to beat the eventual 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place wrestlers.  Dominic finished the season 52-1 and will return next year with a chance to become just the 3rd Eagle wrestler to win multiple state championships.  Alex Dahl (2 titles) and Andrew Dahl (3 titles) are the other Eagles who have achieved multiple titles.

Picture Courtesy of Rory O'Driscoll/LaCrosse Tribune
The wrestling team capped a successful season with an impressive performance at the individual state tournament in Madison, WI this past weekend.  Dominic Flock, Dillon Flock, and Logan Schendel represented Cashton on the mats.  Logan capped a successful wrestling career with a state appearance.  Logan lost his first match 6-1, and finished the season with a 37-12 record.  Dillon placed fifth in the 145 pound weight class.  Over the weekend Dillon won his opening match by pin, then lost 5-2 to the eventual champion, and completed his career by winning 2 of 3 consolation matches.  Dillon finished the season 49-11, capping a great prep career that included 4 trips to the state tournament.