Phoenix Students holding first ever ‘Rake and Run’ community service project



(*Note: your home must be within or bordering this year’s raking boundary.)

DELAVAN — About 75 Phoenix Middle School students will soon take to yards in need of some leaf raking as part of a community service project.

The school’s Peer Helpers, Student Government Committee and National Junior Honor Society are teaming up for the first ever Phoenix Middle School Rake and Run the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 7.

Sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the groups, under adult supervision, will rake the yards of selected Delavan homes near the school (map). The raking area is surrounded by Washington Street, Second Street, East Wisconsin Street, Spring Drive/West Geneva Street and Beloit Street. A few houses between Phoenix Middle School and Delavan-Darien High School are also in the mix of possible homes to be raked.

“We want to get our students out into the community. We especially want to have those students in leadership positions within the school really take the lead on this project, and they are,” said school counselor Steve Gross. “As organizers, we want to show the Delavan-Darien area, ‘Hey, look at these amazing kids. They’re doing this great work and are asking for nothing.’ They want to help and contribute to our community, too.”

The students are looking for homeowners within the area to sign up for their leaf-raking endeavor. Despite the project being a chore that many loathe, the students are really looking forward to it, Gross said.

“They love it. They can’t wait for it,” Gross said. “Just about every day, a student will come in and ensure I have their permission slip already because they want to be a part of it.”

Prior to the field trip — or should we say, “yard trip”? — the students will talk with teachers about leadership, communication, community service and working together as a school.

“This will give them the opportunity to demonstrate who they are as young adults in the Delavan-Darien School District,” Gross said.

If not enough homeowners sign up, the students will rake the public spaces and parks near the school, Gross said.

In the future, as the effort grows, the students and school officials will look for corporate sponsors to help provide materials such as rakes, tarps, bags and gloves. They’ll also look at getting T-Shirts made to help stand out while doing the service work, Gross said.

This year, the project will run from noon until 2:15 p.m. Homeowners interested in having the students rake their yards should call the school, (262) 728-2642, or email the project coordinators no later than Friday, Oct. 31, if possible:

You can also sign up online using this form.

(*Note: your home must be within or bordering this year’s raking boundary.)
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State-bound soccer and star player up for ‘athlete of the week’

Tigrio Huerta

Tigrio Huerta

VOTE FOR ONE OF US: Delavan-Darien High School soccer player Tigrio Huerta is up for an “Athlete of the Week” award on website. Check out his accomplishments and vote at:

He’s in the lead as of this writing (Tuesday morning). Voting is done Thursday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. You can vote once per device per day.

You can also cheer on Huerta and his teammates on the pitch at 5 p.m. Thursday as the Comets take on Rice Lake in the State Semifinals at Time Warner Cable Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee (Map). On the line for the Sectional Champion Comets is a chance for a Division 3 State Championship. It’s the first time the Comets have been to state since 2005, when they were runners-up.

And if you can’t make the game to cheer the team on in person, you can watch it online (for a fee) on the NFHS Network website.


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Veteran’s Day Assemblies scheduled for Nov. 11

Darien Elementary School students perform a patriotic tune at the school’s 2013 Veteran’s Day Ceremony.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Delavan-Drien School District is hosting public Veteran’s Day assemblies to honor our country’s military members who provide great service and sacrifice to ensure our many freedoms.

The times are as follows:

  • 8:30 a.m. Darien Elementary
  • 8:45 a.m., Phoenix Middle School
  • 9 a.m., DDHS
  • 10:30 a.m., Wileman Elementary
  • 2:15 p.m., Turtle Creek Elementary

Active and retired military members are invited to attend and wear their uniforms.

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Free Internet Safety workshop is Nov. 11 at DDHS

Social-mediaThe Delavan-Darien School District is partnering with the Delavan Police Department and School Resource Officer David Markley to present a free internet safety workshop for all residents.

The event is for all citizens, including those with and without students in the district. It will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Delavan-Darien High School auditorium.

Markley will be sharing information and resources on appropriate use of social media and ways to be a good and safe digital citizen.

Such topics as cyberbullying, web security, identity theft, scams, online predators, sexting and others will be covered. He will also touch on some of the more commonly used social media websites and mobile applications in use today.

The event is free for all. No registration is required.

Additional information: Internet Safety Letter

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DDHS tech students visit three area companies

Students check out plastic injection molded parts during a tour at Micro Precision in Delavan. Click pic to see more images in our gallery. The students also visited Precision Plus in Elkhorn and Erik Buell Racing in East Troy.

Special thanks to the officials and employees of Precision Plus, Erik Buell Racing, and Micro Precision for letting two-dozen Delavan-Darien High School technology and engineering students visit the corporations on Thursday, Oct. 16.

The tours were a part of the Walworth County Job Center and Gateway Technical College’s efforts to bring more awareness to the manufacturing career opportunities available in Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond.

Company owners and representatives gave students information about the manufacturing trade and skills they’ll need to gain and maintain employment after high school. The students also got to tour the manufacturing floor of each company, learning about the products made, from fast motorcycles designed for the racetrack to firing pins for U.S. military equipment and much more.

Many corporations in and around the Delavan area are also helping provide funding, materials and equipment necessary to revitalize the DDHS technology education areas and make them better learning facilities for the manufacturing and technology careers available today.

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College Application/FASA info night (Spanish) is Oct. 28

ScholarshipsApplying for College/FAFSA Info night in Spanish

At 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, at DDHS, the Regional Alliance of student and Professionals will be hosting an information night, in Spanish, for students and parents on the steps to a brighter future. The group will talk about the process of getting to college, starting from ACT test, to applying for college, FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and other personal experiences. There will also be time for questions. For more information contact: Karen Cano, 262-581-5661, or Naason Cano, 262-745-4786.


La aplicación para la universidad / FAFSA Noche de información en Español

El martes 28 de octubre a las 5:30 pm en DDHS, la Alianza Regional de estudiantes y profesionales será el anfitrión de una noche de información en español para los estudiantes y padres de familia sobre los pasos a un futuro más brillante. El grupo hablará sobre el proceso de llegar a la universidad a partir de la prueba ACT para aplicar para la universidad, FAFSA (Solicitud Gratuita de Ayuda Federal para Estudiantes) y otras experiencias personales. También habrá tiempo para preguntas. Para obtener más información contacten a: Karen Cano, 262-581-5661, o Naasón Cano, 262-745-4786.

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10:50 a.m., Oct. 21, Power Outage Update

As of 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, the power has been restored to all school buildings. Our communications systems are coming back online. Lunch service may be delayed in our schools due to the outage, but lunch will be served.

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10:30 a.m., Oct 21, Power Outage Affecting Schools

A power outage in the city of Delavan is affecting the Delavan-Darien School District.

As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October, 21, the outage is affecting DDHS and Wileman Elementary schools, which are without power.

Also, district-wide communications are currently limited, including internet and phones.

We are hopeful to have power and services restored in short order. Stay tuned for updates.

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Dear Delavan-Darien School District parents and students,

Thank you for your patience and cooperation with us today as we had a very rare, but very scary situation that affected all of our schools this morning. Rest assured that all students were safe in our schools today and we will work to ensure that they always are.

Yesterday afternoon, police in East Troy received word that someone threatened to “shoot up the school” on a social messaging phone application called Yik Yak. The Yik Yak application sends text messages out to other people using the same application who are in the vicinity of where the message originated.

When the investigation revealed that the message originated near East Troy, East Troy Schools gave their students the option of staying home from school today.

We here at Delavan-Darien schools did not learn of this threat until just before the start of the school day. We took precautions by having extra police presence in our buildings at the start of school.

Shortly after the start of school, police informed us that the person who allegedly originated the message may be in Delavan-Darien High School. We then immediately initiated a lockdown for all of our school buildings. The suspected student was taken into police custody. After the questioning of this student and several others, it was determined by police and school officials that the school days could resume as normal. The lockdown was lifted for all schools by 9 a.m.

East Troy and Delavan police continue to investigate the situation and this is considered a police matter.

We encourage you to talk with your students about appropriate behavior while using technology. We also encourage you to have them delete the Yik Yak application from their phones and prevent them from downloading it. The district has taken steps to prevent the use of the application on school grounds.

See below for further information about the Yik Yak application, and again, thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.



Yik Yak is a mobile social media application that allows for users to make anonymous posts online and within the app. When registering for an account, users only need to provide a cell phone number. Yik Yak allows for 200-character texts to be sent and seen by other app users within the vicinity. The app uses GPS and cell phone towers to determine the texter’s location. The app, according to the maker’s website, is intended for use by those 17 or older.

From Delavan-Darien School District internet networks, users cannot access or download the “Yik Yak” app. However, because this is a cellular application, students may be able to access and use the app using cellular internet connections, which we cannot control.


Cooperation and Vigilance

This situation shows the importance of constant vigilance by all involved to use technology appropriately. Cooperation between districts, schools, communities, families and students will help to ensure that unfortunate situations like these are kept to a minimum. We encourage parents to talk with students about appropriate use of technology. This includes making threats, cyberbullying, “sexting” and other behavior that may not be appropriate for students.

The Burlington School District recently had a letter home to parents about this very type of issue, which read:

A significant way that we can deal with this Yik Yak app and others is to promote digital citizenship at home and at school. This is a learning opportunity for students on how their behavior and choices they make can have an impact others and their own future in a digital world. We ask that you have a meaningful conversation with your son/daughter. We also recommend deleting the Yik Yak app and reviewing the apps on your child’s phone. Together, we can continue to make our school district a safe place for all students to live and learn.

App has caused problems elsewhere:

Today’s incident is not the first of its kind as it relates to the Yik Yak app. Here are some articles about the app.

Learn more

The Delavan-Darien School District has embedded internet safety in its curriculum for all students, K-12. We teach it regularly. For more information about internet safety, please visit these sites:

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LOCKDOWN UPDATE #2: October 17

Dear Parents and students:

This morning, just prior to the start of the school day, Delavan-Darien School District officials were informed of an online threat of a potential school shooting. The threat was non-specific, but was possibly made to schools in the Walworth County area, including Delavan-Darien Schools.

This threat came through a mobile social media application called Yik Yak, which allows individuals to send messages anonymously.

Delavan-Darien School District officials were made aware of this threat just before the start of the school day. The threat originated in the East Troy area.

Upon learning of the threat, police checked the entrances of all buildings and worked with district staff to facilitate a district-wide lockdown at the start of the school day for all schools.

The threat, as reported by area media outlets, was that someone was going to “come shoot up the school.” Again, this was a not specific to any school.

Through police investigation, it was learned shortly after the start of the school day that the threat was allegedly made on a phone possessed by a Delavan-Darien High School student. The student is in custody and the police investigation into the situation is ongoing. East Troy police are leading the investigation and Delavan Police are working closely with them.

After the student was identified by police, the district and police decided that it was safe to lift the lockdown order at all schools. School activity returned to normal by 9 a.m. at all schools.

Delavan police will provide an increased presence in and around school buildings throughout the day and at tonight’s varsity football game. We feel students are as safe as any normal school day and police are handling the matter appropriately.

Please stay tuned to our website for more information on the social media Yik Yak.

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