2225 Keith Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701
General Number: (715) 852-6300
Attendance Office: (715) 852-6302
Partnership Coordinator: (715) 852-6307
Thursday, March 19, 2015
It’s a great day to be an Old Abe!
Special Angels Concert brings down the house!
Teacher Linda Johnson has seen many performances on the stage at MHS, but this was her final
curtain-call. Special Angels presented “Greatest Hits” last Friday to a full house and the live stream
performance was watched by hundreds more. This concert started out with a tribute and dedication by
Linda Johnson to her parents-- Marge and Phil Pinewski --who raised 13 children. Linda credits them
for instilling in her the belief that we are all to be treated equally. The crowd went wild as the Angels
shared their talents with us from the spectacular drumming display to the “Thriller” dance to the white
glove medley where black lights and glow-in-the-dark props showcase the precision and skill of these
students. The show stopper was the duet “Don’t Laugh at Me” by students Tom Carlson and Nicole
THANK YOU to our talented
by the
invited to a
Over 40 family members of Marge and Phil
Pinewski (parents of Linda Johnson) came from out
of state to pay tribute to these remarkable parents.
Photos by Independent
Study-Photography student:
Megan Sigurdson
Teacher: Shannon Minch
Yearbook student:
Alysa Bender
Teacher: Carolyn Sylte
ITALIAN DINNER! Get your tickets now from an orchestra student. Buy now to be sure to get a
MHS Orches You are
special ev ent
This Week’s Events
To view the coming week’s athletic schedules, click here.
Friday, March 20, 2015
~Kristo Orthodontics sponsored Scintilla Contest entries due
~FFA Fundraiser at Green Mill, 2703 Craig Road
Saturday, March 21, 2015
~March 21-26, Band Spring Break Florida Trip
Sunday, March 22, 2015
~United Nations World Water Day
March 23-27, Spring Break-All Schools Closed
Friday, March 27, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Monday, March 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
~UW La Crosse rep in Student Services @ 10:30 am
~COMPASS Test given at MHS
~Parent/Teacher Conferences at MHS, 3:15-6:45pm
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
~National Honor Society induction
Thursday, April 2, 2015
~End of third quarter
Friday, April 3, 2015
~All Schools Closed-Break
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Vision of the
Eau Claire Area School District:
“All children in the district
are prepared for
post-secondary success!”
~Thought for the Day~
“Paranoid is just an exaggeration of selfimportance. I see more and more paranoid
people these days.”
~Wise 93 year old Uncle Warren Craker
Good News from Memorial
Two Marketing and DECA students qualified for the International DECA Conference in Orlando, FL at
the end of April. Congratulations to Justin Vue and Juan Pablo Nunez! Justin Vue placed 2nd out of 23
state qualifiers in the International Business Plan. He wrote a thirty page business plan for a sanitary product
wholesaler/distributor in Thailand. He then did a fifteen minute presentation to a couple of investment bankers
for a capital investment in his venture. Juan Pablo (J.P.) Nunez placed 5th out of 28 state qualifiers in the
Entrepreneurship Business Plan. J.P. wrote an eleven page business plan for an upscale Mexican restaurant
in downtown Eau Claire. He then did a twenty minute presentation to a bank loan officer for a start-up
investment in his business. Good luck in Florida!
Congratulations to Business & IT students that competed at the Junior Achievement Business
Challenge at CVTC on March 11. Faith Clark, Angie Haats, and Maggie Lueck took second place in the
Public Service Announcement competition and Charlene Deetz, Zachary Kraimer, and Alex Kurth qualified
to compete in the scholarship round. Super job!
Congratulations to four Memorial Teachers who presented at NSTA! Memorial teachers--Bev Pierson,
Erin Layde, Joel Robaidek and Niki Anderson—were presenters at the National Science Teacher’s
Association Conference in Chicago last weekend. Erin Layde presented Evaluating and Designing Local
Sustainable Solutions; Bev Pierson, along with three fellow Maven Education Ambassadors, presented
Making the Invisible Visible; and Niki Anderson, Joel Robaidek and Bev Pierson presented Writing NGSS
(Next Generation Science Standards) Student-Centered Learning Targets. Way to go!
A Note from Your Principal
Memorial Families;
ECASD will be launching its Family Survey on March 31st to learn more on how parents feel about the
performance of District schools. This Feedback will be used to assess and improve campus-level education
programs and services. To facilitate participation, the survey will be available in English, Spanish and Hmong. I
want to strongly encourage you to participate and thank-you in advance for your time towards this valuable
data-collection tool. The information gathered from these surveys is instrumental in our school improvement
Parents will receive an email invitation to participate on March 31st. Survey design, administration and analysis
is being handled by the independent technology and communications firm, K12 Insight, to ensure that all
responses are confidential and anonymous to school and district staff. There will be no individual data or
identifying information in any report. When the survey closes on Monday, April 13th, K12 Insight will analyze
results and ECASD administrators will share findings and next steps with the community.
Again, families should look for an email on March 31st and are strongly encouraged to participate.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.
Go Abes! Dave Oldenberg, Principal
715-852-6310 or [email protected]
News and Announcements
To View the Bell Schedule, click here.
School Breakfast and Lunch Menu, click here.
2014-15 District Calendar, click here.
2015-16 District Calendar, Click here.
MHS Daily Announcements, click here
Purple Wings, Student-News, click here
Order your transcripts by clicking here. Questions? Contact the registrar at 715-852-6314
Safety is the prime concern Students need to leave MHS by 3:30 pm unless scheduled in after school
activities. No exceptions! Please see an administrator with questions.
Are you looking for something to do with your family or special someone? Come on out to Green Mill,
2703 Craig Road, on Friday March 20th to support your local FFA and Duck's Unlimited Chapters that are
based out of both Memorial and North High Schools. 20% of what you spend will go back to help support them
for their upcoming events. Don't forget to pick up the vouchers that are at the host stand right as you walk into
the restaurant, please give this voucher to your server at time of payment so they can be credited. Thank-you
so much for your continued support of our chapters.
MHS is excited and proud to announce this year’s Essentially Eau Claire featured artist! Larry Lelli, a
1990 Music Performance graduate of UWEC, is one of the top-call freelance drummers in NYC, and a veteran
Broadway drummer & conductor of over 40 Broadway shows. He
recently performed on Broadway in “A Christmas Story”, and
“How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” with Nick
Jonas. His extensive Broadway history includes the 12-time
Tony Award winning hit, “The Producers”, “Assassins”, “Jekyll &
Hyde” and as drummer and actor onstage in the smash-hit
rockabilly show, “Million Dollar Quartet”. Often called a “musical
chameleon,” his eclectic resume includes recordings and
performances with Grammy-winner Melissa Etheridge, Daniel
Radcliffe, Josh Groban, Vanessa Williams and many other
musical luminaries. A unique concert featuring Memorial High
School’s jazz ensembles & combos. A show you will not want to
miss! Thursday, April 23, 7:00pm at MHS, $10.00 admission,
tickets available at Morgan Music or Schmitt Music.
Final Call for those who like to tinker with words? Kristo Orthodontic sponsored, Scintilla Contest Deadline:
March 20, 2015! $100 goes to the first place winner!
School Board Student Representative Applications The Eau Claire Area School District is now accepting
applications for up to two Student Representatives to the Board of Education for the 2015-16 school year. The
position is open to all incoming juniors and seniors who reside within the district boundaries and will graduate
in 2016 or 2017. Applications are available from the Administrative Secretary, Kelly Hayden, and should be
handed back into her by the end of the school day on Friday, April 24, 2015. Questions may be directed to
Principal, Dave Oldenberg.
Public School Open Enrollment: February 2 – April 30, 2015. For information on Open Enrollment,
click here.
Eau Claire Area School District Summer Programs 2015 The deadline for all registrations is April 10, 2015.
If you have any questions, please call the Summer Program office at 715-852-3114.
Have a prom dress you want to donate? Please drop off in the Memorial Attendance Office.
With warmer weather upon us - Please review the Student Dress Code Guidelines. The Eau Claire
School District appropriate dress code as described on pages 29 & 30 of the ECASD Parent/Student
Handbook should be followed at all times. Please remind your student to abide by these Student Dress
Guidelines to avoid a visit to the administration office.
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
Chippewa Valley & Sports Medicine is offering sports physicals to ECASD students-incoming Freshmen
and current high school students- on Wednesday, May 20, and Wednesday, June 3, both dates from 5:307:30pm. Click here for more details.
Postsecondary Readiness
Visit with college/armed forces representatives right here at MHS!
-Thursday, April 9: UW Green Bay @ 10:30 am
COMPASS Test given right here at MHS! Upcoming dates to choose from—March 31 and April 21
Students who took the ACT- Students will receive a printed ACT Student Report approximately 3-8 weeks
after testing, mailed to their home address.
CVTC Open House: CVTC will be hosting a parent/student open house on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from
4:00-7:00pm at the Business Education Center. Registration is requested; walk-ins welcome. For more
information click here. Questions? contact Chelsea at 715-831-7243 or [email protected]
CVTC Career Tours: Career tour is offered for students interested in hands-on, high paying careers. Program
information and tours last from 9:15 am – 12:30 pm, Tuesday, April 14. Registration is required and space is
limited so early registration is recommended. Questions or to register contact Chelsea at 715-831-7243.
For information on Blugold Beginnings or After-School program, contact Shannon Waterhouse at
[email protected] or 715-836-3456.
Class of 2015
Graduation Countdown: 82 more days until graduation on June 9th
Did you know that many scholarships go unused because no one applies
for them? To view current available scholarships, click here. New ones are
added all the time so check often!
Mark Your Calendar for the Month Ahead
April 6, Parent/Teacher Conferences at MHS, 3:15-6:45pm
April 8, Real Life Academy at the Plaza
April 9, Improv Show in the Little Theatre, 7:00pm
April 10, deadline to submit Chamber Youth Leadership Program application
April 10, deadline for Eau Claire Area School District Summer Programs 2015 registration
April 11, Solo & Ensemble (District level)
April 12, FFA Ducks Unlimited Banquet
April 13, Orchestra Booster Meeting
April 16, U.S. History 1950s Interviews
April 17-18, Eau Claire Jazz Fest at UWEC
April 20, Madrigals Spring Concert in the Little Theatre, 7:00pm
April 23, Essentially Eau Claire Concert, 7:00pm
April 24, School Board Student Rep applications due
April 30, Open Enrollment closes
Words of the Week (W.O.W.)
Brought to you by Annis Williams (Reading Specialist) [email protected]
Root: mon/o: – one (Greek)
Monotone [ˈmon-ә-tōn] Noun. Refers to a sound, for example speech or music, that has a single
unvaried tone. A tedious sameness or reiteration. Sentence –The student read the story out loud to the
class in a dull monotone.
Monopolize [mә-ˈnop -ә-līz] Verb. Get or keep exclusively to oneself. Obtain exclusive possession or
control of (a trade, commodity, or service). Sentence – Most consumers do not even question how
Microsoft and Google monopolize the market in computer software and technology.
Common Errors: Miner/Minor
Miner - noun – a person who works in a mine, especially a commercial mine, also called mineworker.
Minor – adjective-- 1) Lesser, as in size, extent, or importance, or being or noting the lesser of two: a minor
share. 2) Not serious, important, etc.: a minor wound; a minor role. 3) Having low rank, status, position, etc.: a
minor official. 4) Under the legal age of full responsibility. 5) Education. Of or relating to a field of study
constituting a student's minor. 6) Music. (Of an interval) smaller by a chromatic half step than the
corresponding major interval. (Of a chord).
Children are minors, but they could illegally work in mines as miners.
Eau Claire Community Spotlight
Touched Twice Clinic on Saturday, April 18, from 9 am-2 pm, at Bethesda Lutheran Church 123 W.
Hamilton Ave in Eau Claire. It is open to anyone with a need and all services are free.
Prom dress sales event at The Plaza Hotel in Eau Claire. The event will be on April 12th from 9-3.
Teen Tech Series at the public library Registration required. Ages 10 and up can register by calling 715-8395007 or emailing [email protected] April 4 at 1:30 is Hour of Code; May 2 at 1:30 is MaKeyMaKey.
The YMCA Togetherhood Sports Equipment Drive Running in March Join the Eau Claire YMCA in giving
back! The Eau Claire YMCA's Togetherhood program is conducting a drive for new and gently used sports
equipment through the month of March. Donations can be dropped off in the big orange collection bins at all
four Eau Claire YMCA locations (main building, FTC, tennis center, and gymnastics center) or at any of our
partner sites across town. Then, on Saturday, April 11, from 8 am-3 pm at the YMCA, join us as we give away
the gear for free! For more information, visit our Togetherhood page:
For information on upcoming shows and auditions at ECCT and Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild, go to and
Join Longfellow for the 9th Annual Jeanne Richie Memorial Puddle Jump, April 18, 2015! Longfellow’s
Jeanne Richie Memorial Puddle Jump is a not-for-profit event. In 2014 it granted over $7000 to student
scholarships for community programs and to Longfellow’s after-school 21st Century Community Learning
Center! Click here to learn more and to register. (Team & Advanced Registration deadline is March 19th)
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