Softball All Stars are Rotary Students, too!

More news about our just announced Comet Softball All Stars.

Katelyn Gonzalez, daughter of Sharon and Nieves Gonzalez, and Jennah Speth, daughter of Maria and Marty Speth, have been selected as the Delavan Rotary Club students for the month of April.

Katelyn participates in swimming, softball, FFA, FBLA, Varsity club, Comet mentors, and student council as well as the wrestling team manager. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Katelyn volunteers as a 4-H camp counselor, at the Catholic Heart work camp, with the DD Booster Club, the Salvation Army, food and Animal Shelter drives, participates in nursing home visits and is a Walworth County swine representative. Katelyn plans to attend UW La-Crosse and major in secondary education math.

Jennah participates in volleyball, basketball, softball, FFA, student council, Varsity Club, FBLA and Comet mentors. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Jennah volunteers with the Fuzion Fastpitch team, basketball camps, Walworth County Steak Cookout and the DD Booster Club. After high school Jennah plans to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago and major in Kinesiology with an emphasis in movement science and minor in either business or psychology. Jennah will also be continuing her softball career at the Division I level at UIC.

As recipients of this award, Katelyn and Jennah were escorted by an administrator at DDHS to the Rotary Club luncheon at Lake Lawn Lodge on April 25, 2016.

Congratulations to Katelyn and Jennah on receiving this prestigious award.

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Comets have two set for softball all-star game

Two players will represent Delavan-Darien High School at the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association All Star Game tournament set for June 13-14.

Heading to the Wisconsin Dells to play for the Division II are senior pitcher Jennah Speth and senior catcher Katelyn Gonzalez. The Comets’ battery was paired together on the Division II White squad.

Click here for more info on the tournament.

Congratulations Jenna and Katelyn! You’ve made us #DDCometProud!

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: Students study making stained glass

Phoenix Middle School students got the chance to study the art of making stained glass with Janesville’s Richard Snyder of Snyder came as a guest instructor April 28, 2016. He was impressed by a paper and cellophane artwork piece done by sixth grader Dia Patel, whose work as published in a December 2015 issue of the Janesville Gazette. Snyder recreated Patel’s work in stained glass and donated it to the school on the day he came for his guest instruction.

Dia Patel signs her design, which Janesville-based artist Richard Snyder made from stained glass. Click pic for more images in our gallery.

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FREE Spanish Classes for adults available this summer

LatinAmericaFlagsATTENTION Delavan-Darien Community Members, 

The Delavan-Darien School District is offering a free, intensive Spanish language class for English-speaking adults this summer.

The four-week, non-credit course will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting June 20 at Turtle Creek Elementary School. Classes will last about two to three hours each. (Start times are TBD.)

The teacher is Katie Lindskog, who has taught this popular free course to community members in the past.

Participants will learn basic Spanish for conversation, which is useful in developing better relationships and interactions with native Spanish speakers.

Registration is open to the first 30 people who can commit to it. If there is enough demand, a second session may be offered.

Register now through May 20 by calling or emailing Lindskog at 262-902-0692 or

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More photos needed for DDHS Senior Slideshow

Comet Logo TRANSPARENTAttention DDHS Seniors and Senior Parents:

We have gotten photos from about half of the senior class for the senior slideshow. We need more students to submit pictures to make this Senior Slideshow event a reality. We’d like to have more than 75% of students participate continue on with this tradition.

Students or their family members can drop off photos in the main office or email photos to student Katelyn Gonzalez (

Deadline: May 6th at 3:00pm. 

Thank you.


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Phoenix Middle School names new Associate Principal

DELAVAN — Chris Fountain is no stranger to dealing with challenging situations.

He has spent 27 years at Norris Junior and Senior High School, an alternative public school setting for at-risk students. The last six years he has been the school’s principal and director of instruction.

Chris Fountain

Chris Fountain

He has also been a volunteer firefighter and chief of a department for more than a decade.

So, Fountain has seen it a lot his career. He knows that developing positive relationships is the best way to make a child successful and have a great school environment. He’ll take on those challenges at Phoenix Middle School as the school’s new associate principal starting this summer.

“The students at Norris are usually enrolled about four to six months, so to say that it is challenging is an understatement,” Fountain said. “If you don’t establish some kind of relationships with them, you would be done before you even had a chance to begin.”

Fountain puts an emphasis on developing relationships with not only students, but also their families and the staff.

“I have seen first-hand how forming relationships with all parties involved in education can greatly impact students,” Fountain said. “Without a doubt, having a never-ending positive attitude and having the ability to form these relationships has allowed for my success as an administrator.”

Fountain will finish out his administrative duties at Norris School this school session and begin at Phoenix on July 1, pending approval from the Delavan-Darien Board of Education. He will replace Jim Karedes, who was hired as the new Delavan-Darien High School principal earlier this spring.

Robert Crist, Ed.D.

Superintendent Robert Crist, Ed.D.

“Chris has a solid teaching, coaching and administrative background that will serve us well in the role of associate principal at Phoenix Middle School,” said Delavan-Darien Superintendent Robert Crist, Ed.D. “He has a passion for education and has worked well with Norris students and families. I am very excited that he will join our staff this summer and work closely with our Delavan-Darien students and families.”

Fountain started at Norris in 1989 as a biology teacher, a position he held until 2010 when he became principal. He was also very active in coaching (cross country, volleyball, wrestling, basketball, weightlifting, and track and field) and was the school’s athletics director from 1994 until present. Among his many professional teaching certifications, Fountain is also certified in high and low ropes courses, which could come in handy on Delavan-Darien’s 40-foot Challenge Course at DDHS.

Fountain earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from UW-Whitewater in 1988. He also was a member of the Warhawk’s football team. He earned a master’s degree in 2001 in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

“I am excited about becoming part of a district whose philosophy revolves around student improvement and helping the students do the best they can,” Fountain said. “I enjoy working with middle school students and believe we have an excellent opportunity to equip our students with the experiences and skills necessary to become successful high school students and well-adjusted citizens in the Delavan-Darien community and beyond.”

Fountain said he was attracted to the opening at Phoenix for several reasons. One, it is a school with a more urban population in a rural setting, which is similar to his experience at Norris. Two, the staff collaboration at Phoenix is known to be outstanding.

“I looked into the district and heard about the staff having a family-orientated feel to it,” Fountain said. “When job searching, I was almost looking for another family of staff to work with. I had heard they have that in Delavan-Darien and I am looking at this as being a place where I can finish out my career.”

Fountain served on the Palmyra Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years and was that department’s chief when he left in 2012. He served for two years on the Town of Hewitt Volunteer Fire Department with the rank of captain.

His wife, Danyel, has been a teacher for 20 years. She teaches second grade at West Elementary in Jefferson. They live in Sullivan, Wis., and have five sons, three of which are in the U.S. military. They also care for a three-legged dog they rescued from a shelter.

When he is not working, Fountain enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sports, hunting, fishing and just about any outdoor activity.


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DDHS senior lands paid internship for landscape design work


Lucas DeLara and teacher Marty Speth (bottom thumbnail image) video chat with DeLara’s client, Leesa (midde), and’s Steve Waddell (top) about the Landscape Design Internship DeLara has. He will be redesigning the landscaping for Leesa’s Kansas City house.  

DELAVAN — Delavan-Darien High School senior Lucas DeLara now has a paid design gig after studying in Marty Speth’s Sustainable Landscape Design course.

With the help of technology and, Speth was able to help find DeLara a paid internship where he’ll be designing backyards for a client who lives not even near his own back yard.

DeLara’s client, Leesa, lives in Kansas City, about 500 miles away from Delavan.

As it worked out, there was an opportunity for a sustainable landscape design project in Kansas City and CTeLearning connected DeLara with his potential client.

Lucas DeLara

Lucas DeLara

DeLara had to “sell his skills” to the client to try and land the job, which he did. During a videoconference, Leesa (the homeowner with work needing to be done) took DeLara on a walking tour of her property and shared her family’s thoughts and wishes for the re-design.

During the tour, the two discussed how the family used the space, sustainability concerns, drainage issues and her family’s excitement for an up to date design.

He was hired and CTeLearning has arranged to provide DeLara with further images, measurements, and videos to allow him the ability to review every square foot of the property so he can begin his landscape design work.

“What is incredible about this whole experience is that Lucas is still in High School,” said Steve Waddell, founder of CTeLearning. “He gets to show the world that he has already learned real-world skills and is putting them to use for a real client.”

Speth could not be prouder of his senior design student.

“It is so rare to see students get real internships, let alone get a paid internship while still in high school,” Speth said. “This is work with a customer; a paying client. This is as real as it gets.

“I have a great supportive administration and terrific students here at Delavan-Darien. Since the word has gotten out that Lucas was able to get an internship, I have had some local interest in additional internships for some of my students. I expect to see our Sustainable Landscape program here continue to grow.”

Speth said the program is on the cutting edge of high school education for career preparation in the field.

“All of my students are getting a real taste of a $60 Billion a year industry. How great is that?” he said.

For CTeLearning, it’s the company’s first year organizing paid internships with client school district.

“This year we have helped facilitate internships in Coding, Game Design, App Design, Web Design and now our first in Sustainable Landscape.” Waddell said. “There is no cost to the school for this. We are creating real internship opportunities. The homeowner was very impressed with Lucas and I expect the family will be blown away with the quality of design Lucas will present to them in a couple of weeks. This is incredibly exciting for everyone involved.”

Speth adopted’s Sustainable Landscape Design Course for Delavan-Darien High School some years ago after meeting the founder of at a Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators WAAE summer conference meeting.


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Comets Youth Tackle Football And Cheer Program Registration Open


DD Youth FootballFrom our friends at the Delavan-Youth Football/Cheer Program:

Delavan Comet Youth Football & Cheer is starting its 22nd season of tackle football and cheerleading in the city of Delavan.

We are a proud organization that provides a great experience for children in 5th – 8th grade. While teaching the fundamentals of football and cheer, we also stress teamwork, leadership, and respect throughout our program and community. Sign up to be part of a great organization with a proud tradition.

This year we will be doing all registration on line through our new website powered by sportngin. Listed below is the process to register your athlete. Fees for this upcoming season are $150.00 and after June 1st it will be $175.00. We are still offering payment plan options and financial assistance programs as well.

We encourage you to register before these dates as we will have limited computers to enroll people. Please follow the directions below to register your athlete.

  1. Go to our website :
  2. Click on the Blue Link “Click Here to register” This will take you to a new page.
  3. If you are a member of Sportngin (ex. Delavan Youth basketball) you can login using your user name and password. If you are not a member you must create a free account.
  4. Follow the steps through the registration process. Please make sure all information is filled out correctly
  5. Check-out. We would prefer that you pay by credit/debit card or by using your checking account number.
  6. After you have checked out please return to our home website. and please click on the DIBS portion on the top of the page and select your 2 work requirement positions. Your athlete will not receive equipment unless you have signed up for 2 required slots.

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Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony set for June 5

Scholarships will be no longer be awarded at the DDHS Graduation. Instead, there will be a separate Senior Scholarship Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 5.

The 2016 Delavan-Darien High School Graduation ceremony June 9 will be different than in years past.

It’ll be vastly shorter, too.

That’s because this year, the local scholarship awards portion of the event will be moved to a separate stand-alone ceremony, scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Sunday, June 5.

Both the Senior Scholarship Ceremony and the Graduation Ceremony will be held in the DDHS Main Gym, as decided by the graduates of the Class of 2016.



When: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 5, DDHS East Gym


When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, DDHS East Gym

“This puts the focus of graduation solely back on our graduates and the work they’ve put into 14 years of schooling,” Superintendent Robert Crist said. “The Sunday afternoon awards event will offer our scholarship recipients a chance to personally connect with and thank the many donors who support our local scholarship program.”

Students receiving one or more scholarships will be invited to the awards event, with their family and friends, where they will find out what award(s) they are receiving from local donors. Outside scholarships students receive will be announced, as well. A reception with refreshments will follow the awards presentations.

“I really see this as a win-win,” Crist said, noting that most other high schools have separate events. “When we had included scholarships, our past graduation ceremonies were nearly three hours long. That was not ideal nor was it comfortable for many in attendance, including many of the donors, students, elderly family members and young children who came to watch.

“I believe that by doing this our graduation event will be shortened significantly — to within an hour — giving families more time to celebrate with their students immediately following the ceremony.”

Award-winners and donors will still receive recognition at graduation by way of program inserts listing the awards. Both events will also be recorded and streamed live online, and included on DVDs made available to graduates following the end of the school year.

The changes were approved by both the Delavan-Darien Board of Education and Delavan-Darien Foundation Board of Directors.

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Register soon for ‘Eat Healthy, Be Active and Save Money!’ class

The registration deadline for the ‘Eat Healthy, Be Active and Save Money!’ class at Aram Public Library is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20! Sign up ASAP and take advantage of this great opportunity. It’s happening on April 27.

Learn how to help your children develop healthy eating habits for life! Make physical activity fun for the whole family! Get the most for your budget!



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