2225 Keith Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701
General Number: (715) 852-6300
Attendance Office: (715) 852-6302
Partnership Coordinator: (715) 852-6307
Thursday, February 5, 2015
--------------------------------------------------------------------------It’s a great day to be an Old Abe!
Local Stations Report on Winterfest
Check out the WEAU (three-part) coverage on Winterfest by clicking here.
The WQOW coverage, click here. Winterfest is THIS Saturday! Come and enjoy a full day of Show
Choir Entertainment at Memorial High School’s auditorium. The preliminary competition begins at
8 a.m. and continues throughout the morning and afternoon with finals in the evening. Tickets are
$15.00 for the full day of competition, $10.00 for preliminaries only, or $10.00 for finals only.
Questions, please contact Tammy Schmitz, at [email protected] or 715-379-2906
------------------------------------------------Vision of the
Eau Claire Area School District:
“All children in the district are prepared
for post-secondary success!”
This Week’s Events
To view the coming week’s athletic schedules, click here.
Friday, February 6, 2015
~’I LOVE YOU’ pop pre-orders due today
~Last day for students to sign up for the “Through the Heart” competition
Saturday, February 7, 2015
~Winterfest all day Show Choir Competition at Memorial
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
~Army & Army Reserve rep in Student Services @ 10:30 am
~DECA Crush Sale (Deliveries on February 13)
~2015-16 Course registration closes
~Orchestra Booster Meeting, 6:30pm in the library
~Band Winter Concert, 7:00pm
~District PAC Meeting at 500 Main Street, 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
~DECA Crush Sale (Deliveries on February 13)
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
~Northern Michigan University rep in Student Services @ 10:20 am
~DECA Crush Sale (Deliveries on February 13)
Thursday, February 12, 2015
~ACT pre-registration for all 11th graders
~DECA Crush Sale (Deliveries on February 13)
~Juniors pre-register for the ACT during school
~Improv Show in the Little Theatre, 7:00pm
Friday, February 13, 2015
~’I LOVE YOU’ pops sold during lunches
~DECA Crush Sale deliveries
~Katharine’s Wish Toy Drive concludes
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Good News from Memorial
Congratulations to MHS! Operation On Time initiative is making a difference. During the period from
September 1 - January 2, the number of discipline referrals for tardies at Memorial has dropped from 225 to 91
compared to last year. Way to go Old Abes! Keep up the good work!
Bright Ideas
Being punctual is a life-skill that all of us may struggle with from time to time. At MHS we want to help
students be mindful that forming good habits will transfer with them through adulthood. Being
respectful of other people’s time as well as your own is an important habit. You can help your child
meet the expectation of arriving on time by encouraging them to establish routines, get enough sleep,
and set their own alarm clock. A young adult who learns to be responsible for time management will
find the transitions after graduation much easier.
News and Announcements
To View the Bell Schedule, click here.
School Breakfast and Lunch Menu, click here.
District Calendar, click here.
MHS Daily Announcements, click here
2015-16 Course registration Freshmen registered with the help of the counselors during their English classes
on Tuesday, February 3. Sophomores and Juniors register on their own from home or from a computer at
school February 3-9. An email was sent to all Sophomores, Juniors, and their guardians with registration
instructions on Monday, February 2.
Work-based learning opportunities, such as job shadows and mock interviews are available for all high
school students, grades 9-12. Internship opportunities, such as Co-op and Youth Apprenticeship are
available for juniors and seniors. The Eau Claire Area School District is excited to partner with the Eau
Claire Area Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and other area school districts on a new, free,
work-based learning website—Your Future Chippewa Valley! As a result of the recent regional Skills Gap
initiative, many area businesses have “signed on” to allow high school students access to career exploration
and work-based learning opportunities! All students are highly encouraged to participate in at least one workbased learning opportunity during high school in order to explore a specific career cluster. More information
about the ECASD work-based learning program can be found by clicking here.
Valentine’s Day is approaching quickly! Chocolate ‘I Love You’ pops are being prepared! We are giving
you the opportunity to PRE-ORDER your chocolate to be sure you get what you need. Stop by Rm 1785 (ASL
Room) to grab a pre-order slip. Return the slip and money to Mrs. Galloy by Friday, Feb. 6th. There are only
150 pops available for pre-order. The rest will be sold during lunches on a first come first serve basis on Feb.
Fruit Snacks needed The ACT testing for juniors is right around the corner. We
would like to provide fruit snacks to the students to support them during the long
testing hours. If you would like to donate to this, please drop off fruit snacks or
money in the Attendance Office by February 23rd. Thank you for your
Due to a conflict in schedules, the Improv Show scheduled for Friday, February 6, in the Little Theatre will
not be taking place. That show has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 12.
Parking permits are now available for 2nd semester. See Ms. Minch.
eTranscripts are convenient and easy! We have a new online service through Parchment Exchange where
you can request an official high school transcript and send it to the destination of your choice with just a few
clicks. Parchment sends your high school transcripts electronically, securely, and confidentially. All current
students were emailed a registration code to their school email account ( Please use
this registration code to set up an account at Students under 18 years old will need
assistance from a parent/guardian to complete the registration process as parental consent is required. Three
easy steps 1) Register for a free account at (click on the “SIGN UP NOW” red,
rectangle,) 2) Request your transcript, 3) Track your transcript. ECASD is no longer charging a transcript fee
for current students. Memorial High School will process your eTranscripts within two business days.
Questions? Visit or contact the high school registrar at 715-852-6314.
Attention Sophomore and Junior students with a GPA of 3.5 and above: 2015 NHS Application forms will
available NOW and will be due by 3:00 pm on Friday, February 27. (NO late applications will be accepted.)
Application forms are available for pickup on door 2176 and can be printed from the Memorial High School
National Honor Society main webpage. Please follow application instructions carefully. Applicants will be
notified of acceptance by March 18 and will be inducted on April 1, 2015. All new members will have to meet
NHS service hour (5 hrs.) and meeting requirements (50%) for 4th quarter.
As parents, we all want our children to have a safe and memorable graduation and this parentsponsored activity is the answer. However, we can't do it without your help! ALL parents, no matter what
grade your student(s) are in, are needed to help make this a successful and memorable party for our
graduates. We will be looking for people to help set up and decorate before the party, people to work during
the party and people to help put away the decorations when the party is over. Click here to see how you can
Summer 2015 Japan Trip! 20 days, $3000 in total (all included)! Japanese Teacher, Hiroko Nagai, has
lead this trip last 15 years. This educational trip costs only $3000. It is hard to visit Asia at this cost on your
own. Please consider joining us! Visit at for Japan trip website. E-mail
[email protected]
Math Day at UWEC The Second Annual Sonia Kovalevsky High School and Middle School Mathematics Day.
Students of all abilities and interest are encouraged to attend! Please click here for more information.
RCU is open every Monday and Thursday over all lunch hours. Make sure to stop by to make a
withdrawal, deposit, loan payment, or even to say hello. Located across from the library.
Kristo Orthodontics is sponsoring an additional prize for our Scintilla Contest! We have used the same
graphic for two years and Kristo Orthodontics has offered $25.00 to the student artist who creates this year’s
logo. The due date is March 1. For more information, see Mrs. Craker in room 1282 or
Ms. Nelson in room 1955. Come on all you artists out there…start creating!
The annual Katharine's Wish toy drive for children receiving medical care is going on now- Feb. 13th.
The annual toy drive organized by Katie Rhoten, MHS sophomore, is in the process of collecting toys for this
year’s drive. #HaveAHeart for Katharine's Wish. Seeking *NEW toys, books and stuffed animals for children.
Items need to be new because of kids' compromised immune systems. You can drop off donations in the
Memorial Attendance Office.
Winter Carnival Theme: New York New York! Date: Saturday, February 21; Time: 7pm-11pm in the auxiliary
gym; Cost: $10/ticket.
Interested in spreading the message of PEACE? The Eau Claire School District is partnering with Lynn
Buske, of BaredFeet in a youth-led arts performance entitled "Hands of Peace" that will take place the
weekend of May 2, 2015. At this time we are seeking youth from grades 4K-12 that would be interested in
dancing in the production. No experience, or fee, is required - just an interest in sharing the message of
peace! Rehearsals would be once a week after school (day and location will depend on age and school) from
March-April. For more information: contact email Kristen Hartzel at [email protected] or email
[email protected]
Postsecondary Readiness
Visit with college/armed forces representatives right here at MHS!
-Tuesday, February 17: CVTC @ 8:00 am -11:00 am
-Monday, February 23: Navy @ 10:30 am
-Tuesday, February 24: Air Force @ 10:30 am
-Friday, March 6: U of M-Mankato @ 10:30 am
-Monday, March 9: Army & Army Reserve @ 10:30 am
Juniors: All Juniors will be taking the ACT on March 3rd at Memorial. Get plenty of rest in preparation.
Are you looking for help preparing for the ACT? Wiscareers/Career Locker offers FREE test prep and
timed practice tests online. ECASD Students can log into Wiscareers/Career Locker with their school ID and
last name anywhere internet is available. Click here to go to Wiscareers/Career Locker. The test prep can be
found on the main page in the blue box labeled “academic test prep”. Click on the blue box and then click on
the first link labeled “On line course for the ACT”. Click “continue” until you are connected to the Peterson
online course.
CVTC Career Tours: Career tours are offered for students interested in hands-on, high paying careers.
Program in-formation and tours last from 9:15 am – 12:30 pm. Registration is required and space is limited so
early registration is recommended. Spring dates are: Tuesday, Feb. 3; Tuesday, Feb. 24; Tuesday, April 14. If
you have questions about Career tours or would like to register contact Chelsea at 715-831-7243 or e-mail
[email protected]
New Scholarships are posted all the time. Check the available scholarships by clicking here. New ones are
added all the time so check often!
Blugold Beginnings Study Hall Mentoring and After-School program is up and running. Students who
are interested in homework help, ACT prep, scholarship and FAFSA help and information on higher education
are encouraged to fill out an application.
-We offer mentoring both during study hall and after-school and can tailor a schedule to meet your
needs. You can find Blugold Beginnings applications in the DECA room 3rd-7th hour & after-school or online
-Blugold Beginnings after-school program is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in the
DECA room (1490.) For the month of February our after-school program will focus on ACT prep. We will have
resources, tips and subject prep available each after-school programming day for the month of February.
-For information on Blugold Beginnings or our After-School program please contact Shannon
Waterhouse at [email protected] or 715-836-3456.
Mark Your Calendar for the Month Ahead
February 13, ’I LOVE YOU’ pops sold during lunches
February 13, Katharine’s Wish Toy Drive concludes
February 16, Staff Development/Work Day, No School for Students
February 16, Spring Sports Meeting
February 16, Board of Education meeting 7:00pm at 500 Main Street, room 137
February 18, Homerooms
February 21, Winter Carnival, 7:00-11:00pm
February 22, Orchestra Italian Dinner
February 23, Choir Winter Concert, 7:00pm
February 27, 2015 NHS Applications due by 3:00pm
February 27, U-Ghana Rock
February 28, College Goal at CVTC, 2:00pm
This is to fill out your FAFSA Information
March 1, Youth Options Application Deadline for Fall 2015 Semester
March 1, Scintilla Logo Contest due date
March 3, ACT for all Memorial 11th graders
March 4, ACT Work Keys for all 11th graders
Words of the Week (W.O.W.)
Brought to you by Annis Williams (Reading Specialist) [email protected]
Root: vor: eat
Devour [di ˈvour] Verb. 1) To eat up greedily or ravenously. 2) To use up or destroy as if by eating.
Sentence –After their rescue, the shipwreck survivors devoured any food set before them.
Voracious [vô-ˈrā-shəs] Adjective. 1) Craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious
appetite. 2) Exceedingly eager or avid: voracious readers; a voracious collector. Sentence- If you are a
voracious reader, consider joining the MHS Teen Literacy Initiative.
Common Errors: Emigrate/Immigrate
To “emigrate” is to leave a country. The E at the beginning of the word is related to the E in other words
having to do with going out, such as “exit.” “Immigrate,” in contrast, looks as if it might have something to do
with going in, and indeed it does: it means to move into a new country. The same distinction applies to
“emigration” and “immigration.” Note the double M in the second form. A migrant is someone who continually
moves about.
Emigrate - verb- to leave or Exit a country.
Immigrate - verb - coming In to a country to live permanently.
My ancestors emigrated from Sweden on their path to immigrating to the United States.
Eau Claire Community Spotlight
Benefit concert for Hope Gospel Mission “Join us for an evening with Collin Raye, platinum-selling country
music artist. There will also be an appearance by Mike Lewis, the Jesus Painter. Tickets are $36 each. This is
a benefit concert for Hope Gospel Mission. When: Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Where: Eau Claire
State Theater, 316 Eau Claire Street. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to
Feed My People benefit Come Celebrate Music on Sunday, March 1, at 2:00pm or 7:00pm at Trinity Lutheran
Church located at 1314 East Lexington Blvd. Tickets are $10.00 and available at Festival Foods, Gordys and
Mega. All proceeds go to Feed My People Food Bank!
Teen Leaders Club Every other Sunday, Feb. 15-May 10, 6:00-7:30 pm, Fee: $20 | Ages: 12-18 (grades 7-12)
The Eau Claire YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club is a brand-new program for middle and high school students that
provides a great way for teens to get together, have fun, make a difference, and have their voices heard in our
community. This group will meet twice a month from mid-February through May with an adult advisor and do all
sorts of fun things, such as take part in social activities, plan service projects, go on trips, participate in life
skills workshops, and so much more! It’s an awesome student-run program that will provide a great way for
teens across Eau Claire to get together and create a sense of belonging. In this program, you get out of it what
you put into it; it’s up to the students to decide what they want to do and they will steer the direction of the
Manz Craft Fair Accepting Vendor Applications! Manz PTA is currently accepting applications for Crafters
and Vendors for the Manz Elementary Craft Fair scheduled for Saturday, March 15. All applications must be
submitted by Monday, February 23. Click Here for vendor/crafter application.
For information on upcoming shows and auditions at ECCT, go to
Love and Logic for Early Childhood Parents Join Prairie Ridge Early Learning Schools staff on Saturday.
February 14, from 9 am-3 pm for Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun, a Love and Logic session for parents
of children ages birth to six. The session is free and you can register by calling Jill Elliott at 715-852-3607 or
email her at [email protected]
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