DDHS Musical supports Friends of the Children

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Delavan-Darien High School’s International Thespian Society and the members of the recent musical “Once On This Island” helped raise nearly $1,300 for the local Friends of the Children Haitian support group.

A “pass the hat” went around at each of the three musical performances in March. Cast members from the musical, which was set in Haiti, solicited funds from the crowds during intermission. One donor gave $100, said Director Jim Larson.

International Thespian Society members Jailyn Schroeder (treasurer, left), Adam Drefs (president, middle left), and Anya Jeninga (vice president, right) presented the $1,273 check to Friends of the Children member Tom Reichert after school Thursday, April 23.

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DI season ends with impressive showing at state meet

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Team Kandy Kids are ready to perform their DI skit last Saturday at state. The team is made up of Turtle Creek fourth graders (from left) Isaias Cardona, Ashton Flores, Ruby Perez, Anna Schluneger, Kyra Wolworth, Gracie Yartey, and fifth-grader Nathally Hernandez. The Kandy Kids competed in the Fine Arts Challenge, “FearyTales.” They took first place at the regional tournament and eighth place at the state tournament. Michelle Gardner coached the team.
The Kandy Kids presented a team-created fairy tale that took place in the Candy Land game. One of the sisters dealt with her fear of being separated from her sister. The students created Lord Licorice’s and King Kandy’s Castles as well as the Rainbow Bridge and Lollipop Woods. The students also designed a pair of mittens and an expressive taffy tree. Queen Frostine was their illusion as she appeared to be floating on a cotton candy cloud. Their Swampy Monster made a last minute appearance to save the day.

The season has ended for the Delavan-Darien Destination Imagination program, but not before five teams competed well at the state meet in Stevens Point Saturday, April 18.

The squads faced some stiff competition and went up against some amazing challenges from across Wisconsin, said Renee Yartey, one of the district’s DI coaches.

Destination ImaginationRepresenting Delavan-Darien at the state meet were two elementary teams, which both placed eighth; two middle school teams, which both placed 11th; and a high school team, which placed 16th. Each team went up against approximately 20 other competitors in their categories.

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“As we continue to grow the DI program for Delavan-Darien, we are extremely proud of these results,” Yartey said. “Each year we have touched more students, been involved at more schools and advanced more teams to the State Tournament. As we have told our teams, sometimes the journey is more important than the prize.”

Last year, a single Delavan-Darien DI team advanced all the way to the Global Finals competition in Knoxville, Tenn., the first time that has happened since 2002.

While none of the teams placed high enough to advance, the program was proud to offer a high school team again for the first time in recent memory. Also, a student from Our Redeemer Lutheran Church and School participated with students from Turtle Creek Elementary and Phoenix Middle School.

In fact, the program has grown popular enough with students that some had to be turned away at the start of the season due to a lack of available volunteer coaches and team participation limits.

If you would like to volunteer with a group of like-aged kids and coach a Destination Imagination squad next year, contact Delavan-Darien’s DI Coordinator Michelle Gardner at dddi@ddschools.org. The program anticipates having teams compete at all school levels (elementary, middle, high).

The Thespian Thix performed their three improv skits last Saturday at State.  The team is made up of DDHS students Payton Zacharias, Mehan Roum, Yesenia Cardenas, Hallie Stirmel, Makayla Graham and Briahna Cardenas.  Nicole Bowen and Tammy Stirmel were their coaches. The Thespian Thix competed in the Improv Challenge, "The Improv Games." They took first place at the regional tournament and 16th place at the state tournament.   The team randomly chose improv games, street performances, situations and settings.  They then performed three two-minute sketches incorporating these elements.  One of their skits was used the telethon improv game set in a town that is underwater.  Their street performance was dance battling dolphins and they dealt with the situation that the river has flooded their house.

The Thespian Thix performed their three improv skits last Saturday at State. The team is made up of DDHS students Payton Zacharias, Mehan Roum, Yesenia Cardenas, Hallie Stirmel, Makayla Graham and Briahna Cardenas. Nicole Bowen and Tammy Stirmel were their coaches.
The Thespian Thix competed in the Improv Challenge, “The Improv Games.” They took first place at the regional tournament and 16th place at the state tournament.
The team randomly chose improv games, street performances, situations and settings. They then performed three two-minute sketches incorporating these elements. One of their skits was used the telethon improv game set in a town that is underwater. Their street performance was dance battling dolphins and they dealt with the situation that the river has flooded their house.

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Delavan-Darien 4K, 5K Enrollment Day is April 29

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Darien Elementary preschool teacher Stephaine Krueger works with a group of students on their reading.

DELAVAN — Parents looking for great educational opportunities for their incoming 4-year-old kindergarten or 5-year-old kindergarten children should come to the Delavan-Darien School District’s Enrollment Day on Wednesday, April 29, at Phoenix Middle School, 414 Beloit St., Delavan.

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Two enrollment sessions for the 2015-16 school year are available that day, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. The sessions are for preschool and kindergarten students who have not previously attended Delavan-Darien Schools. Students should attend an enrollment session with their parent or guardian.

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Delavan-Darien offers the county’s only comprehensive English/Spanish Dual Language Education Program, as well as a district-wide one-to-one technology program.

Top-notch teachers leading students in a diverse, multi-cultural environment also gives Delavan-Darien students opportunities and experiences not available at other area schools. As students get older, state-of-the-art athletics facilities, a plethora of extracurricular and enrichment offerings and dozens of opportunities for college credit await to add value to students’ Delavan-Darien experience.

Students living outside district boundaries are encouraged to enroll through the state’s Open Enrollment option and take advantage of the tremendous opportunities offered at Delavan-Darien Schools.

Parents/guardians able to attend the Enrollment Day event should bring their child(ren) and the following documents:

  • Child’s Birth Certificate or Passport
  • Proof of Residency (i.e. utility or cable bill, lease agreement, mortgage payment)
  • Parent/Guardian Photo Identification
  • Child’s Immunization Record (provide within 30 days)

Enrollment is also available at the child’s school of residence after April 29. Open enrolling students should visit the school district’s administration center, 324 Beloit St., Delavan.

Children who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2015, are eligible for the full day Kindergarten program, which includes the optional Dual Language Education Program. By law, all children must complete a 5-year-old kindergarten program to enroll in first grade.

Preschool, or 4-year-old kindergarten, is for those students who will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2015, are eligible to attend one of our four-year-old programs:

  • A half-day, every day (morning or afternoon) Dual Language Education Program at Turtle Creek Elementary School.
  • A half-day, every day (morning or afternoon) monolingual program in a regular classroom setting.

The Dual Language Education Program in preschool and kindergarten is open to all students no matter their address, heritage or primary language. Transportation is provided to in-district students living in the Darien or Wileman elementary school attendance areas. Students in the preschool dual language program receive 90 percent of their instruction in Spanish and 10 percent in English. By kindergarten, the ratio reduces to 80 percent Spanish and 20 percent English. The trend continues through third grade when it is a 50/50 mix of the two languages. It stays at that mix through high school. The classrooms are made up primarily of a mixture of native English speakers and native Spanish speakers.

The monolingual classrooms teach in English only. Students who are non-native English speakers receive additional assistance from certified English Language Learner teachers.

For more enrollment preschool and kindergarten information, contact Pupil Services Director Sara Halberg, 262-728-2642 ext. 4807, or Director of Language Acquisition Ron Sandoval at ext. 4814. Also, visit www.ddschools.org or www.ddschools.org/district/registration, where you can download enrollment materials to get started on the process in advance of Enrollment Day.

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Students try impaired, districted driving sims as part of lesson

School Resource Officer David Markley took students on a driving course with and without “fatal vision goggles,” which simulate driving while under the influence. Click pic for more images in our gallery.

With prom week here, graduation not far off and the summer season approaching, Operation Click promoted safe teen driving techniques this week at Delavan-Darien High School.

Students at DDHS had the opportunity to participate in a driving simulator during lunch and drive the Operation Click Golf Carts after school.

The driving simulator is a computer based driving program that allows the student to drive to specific directions. During the operation, students are instructed to call and text while they drive the simulator to prove the dangers of using a phone, whether it be texting or calling, while operation a motor vehicle.

The golf carts were provided by Kunes Auto Group. Students would operate the golf carts on a planned driving course in the DDHS parking lot. After the students successfully completed the course operating a golf cart without any impairment, the student would then wear “fatal vision” goggles, (AKA “Drunk Goggles”), which simulate what they would see while driving under the influence of alcohol.

After each simulation — on the computer or on the golf cart — all students got to see first-hand how their driving habits had changed from being distracted for under the influence.

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Downtown Delavan hosting Cinco de Mayo Festival

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FROM OUR FRIENDS AT THE DOWNTOWN DELAVAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION:

Delavan will be celebrating its 14th annual Cinco De Mayo Festival Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2. This is a festival celebrated by many Mexican-Americans across the United States. It is a day of cultural pride that commemorates the unlikely victory of an outnumbered Mexican Army over the French occupying forces in the state of Puebla May 5, 1862. In the State of Puebla it is known as El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla, or the day of the battle of Puebla. It is not the true independence day of Mexico, which is September 16th, but is a time to come together as a community and celebrate freedom and share Mexican culture and traditions with everyone.

This year’s festival in Delavan’s downtown Tower Park is going to be a grand celebration. It will feature arts, crafts, and food venders featuring many delicious traditional Mexican foods. The festival kicks off this year on Friday May 1 with D.J. Avila Boys at 5 p.m. Adrian Avila hits the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Los Hermano’s Vela at 7 p.m. Friday’s events will end at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday’s entertainment will open at 10 a.m. with DJ Tejano Bad Boy Eddie Cruz followed by more live music at 11 a.m. featuring Mariachi performers. The Delavan Flying Dragons will present a Tae Kwon Do demonstration at noon. The dance group Los Chilangos will be featured at 1 p.m., followed by the Cinco de Mayo Queen crowning and the Jalapeño eating contest from 2 to 3 p.m. Conjunto TMV will entertain from 3-5 p.m. followed by a performance of Lizvette Duran, and later, Groupo Bien will take the stage. Saturday’s festivities will run from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. All funds raised will go to next year’s festival and a scholarship to be offered to a graduating Delavan-Darien High School senior.

This is a time not just for Delavan, but all area communities to visit historic downtown Delavan. Organizers invite you to enjoy great food, music and dancing; you are sure to have a memorable experience in downtown Delavan. While there, remember to visit and shop the many local downtown businesses that help support this event.

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DDHS sophomore qualifies for State Honors Orchestra

Julien Riviere

Julien Riviere

Delavan-Darien High School sophomore Julien Riviere qualified for Wisconsin School Music Association State Honors Orchestra.

To qualify, Riviere prepared advanced audition materials, including a “Class A” solo, etudes (exercises) and scales. His audition was held in Milwaukee.

Now that Riviere has qualified, he will participate in a four-day Orchestra camp and work with nationally-recognized directors. He will also perform at Madison’s Overture Center in October with top orchestra students from throughout the state. The performance will be broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio stations.

While at DDHS, Riviere has also been a member of the junior-level State Honors project, is a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and will be performing with the Lake Geneva Symphony.

Riviere is also a dedicated athlete, being involved in soccer, swim and track.

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Band, Boosters holding ‘Trivia Night’

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The Delavan-Darien High School bands and Delavan-Darien Band Boosters will be hosting a second Trivia Night at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 9 at DDHS.

Put together a group of friends and come on out for an evening of fun and trivia. Tables are limited to groups of six, and price of admission is $10 per person.

If you do not have a group of six, come out anyway as teams will be formed.

Popcorn and soda will be provided, and you are welcome to bring any other food or non-alcoholic drink that you like.

Prizes will be awarded for the top two tables. There will also be door prizes and surely some good laughs. Proceeds will support the band’s upcoming Washington D.C. Spring Tour 2016.

 

If you have any questions about the event, see this flyer or contact DDHS Band Director Nick Stark, 262-728-2642 x4472 .

Thanks for your support of the DDHS bands!

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DDHS Senior Picnic plan needs parent input, help

DDHS logoDDHS Class of 2015 Senior Picnic

4-8 p.m., Monday, June 8 @ Darien West Park

Dear Senior Parents,

We NEED you! We would like a great farewell for the Class of 2015 and we can’t do it without everyone’s help. Please check out the information below to see what you can do to help and return to the main office at the High School as soon as possible. If you are bringing food or prize donations, please indicate what you will bring so we can be sure to have a variety of items. If you have any questions call event organizer Lori Grover at 262-728-3779 or email her at lorigrover@charter.net. Reminders will be sent home as we get closer to the picnic.

*WE WILL BE HAVING A PARENT MEETING AT 5 P.M. MONDAY, APRIL 27TH IN THE DDHS LMC. EVERYONE WELCOME

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Thank You!

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22 Phoenix students place in Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

Rudolfo Villarreal was one of two first-place winners in the annual Junior Duck Stamp art contest. Click pic to see more images of the 22 Phoenix Middle School award-winners in our gallery.

DELAVAN — Phoenix Middle School students were once again well represented in the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp artwork contest, capturing nearly two-dozen ribbons.

Twenty-two students had their artwork selected as award-winners, including:

  • Sixth graders: Naitaly Napodano and Rudolfo Villarreal, first place; sylvia Elliot and Desiree Green, second place; Sophia Brandt-Reinhart, Anthony Huerta-Fonseca and Collette Riviere, third place; Christina Crawford, Juliana Huerta, Myles Lockhart, Josefina Moyotl, Hannia Nevarez Martinez, and Perla Valadez, Honorable Mentions.
  • Eighth graders: Mackenzie Janish and Kora Zoe Quinn, second place; Caroline Franklin, third place; and Evelin Apreza, Paola Galvan, Sarahi Perez, Katelynn Riviere, Monserrath Ruvalcaba, and Brenda Sanchez, Honorable Mentions.

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Statewide, there were nearly 400 entries submitted from students in kindergarten through grade 12 from schools throughout Wisconsin. The top 100 artists earn recognition for their artwork. The judges this year were Jay Jocham, professional wildlife artist; Nancy Steinback, retired art teacher and volunteer at Horicon National Wildlife Refuge; Ashley Steinke, restoration ecologist; Nels Swenson, public policy chair for Ducks Unlimited; and Larry Schmidt, woodcarver and Friend of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge and volunteer.

All 22 of the Phoenix Middle School winners are taught by Phoenix art teacher Hugh Petersen.

Students will have their artwork posted on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp website gallery, and on the organization’s social media pages. The 36 first-place winners from throughout the state will have their entries showcased in two traveling displays from May 2015 to March 2016.

The local award-winners will also be invited to an awards banquet later this year and receive ribbon awards and prizes for their work.

This annual contest was created more than two decades ago to raise awareness and appreciation for wetlands and waterfowl conservation for students in grades K-12.  It is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for adult artists. Students create original artwork showing North American ducks, geese, or swans in their natural habitats. First, second, third, and honorable mention awards are given out in four age categories.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selects a “best of show” piece, which is then produced as a pictorial $5 stamp to recognize the conservation efforts of young people and to support environmental and conservation education programs in the U.S.

The Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge; Friends of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge; Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge; and the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association.

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Wileman is recipient of ExxonMobile math, science grant

ExxonMobileGrant2015_WEBWileman Elementary School Principal Shawn Madden (right) accepts an ExxonMobil Education Alliance Grant check for $500 from Jim Mehta, manager of the Evergreen Mobil Mart in Delevan.

Mehta worked with his company’s management staff and school officials to secure the grant.

This generous grant is an extension of the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, which encourages retailers to participate in the program and invest in the future of their communities.

The $500 donation will be used in support of the Wileman Elementary School’s math and science programs.

The Evergreen Mobil Station had to meet stringent eligibility criteria before being allowed to apply for the grant, including having a commitment to providing a superior buying experience for customers.

The ongoing support of our students and teachers is greatly appreciated.

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